On the same day President Obama signed an Executive Order imposing sanctions against Russia, including the expulsion of 35 diplomats and the closure of two installations in Maryland and New York State, the conservative website, The Drudge Report, went down for approximately 90 minutes.

The right-leaning news aggregator, which boasts 2 million daily unique visitors and around 700 million monthly page views, is the top site for referral traffic online and one of the first supporters of the Donald Trump candidacy.

The Drudge Report went down briefly at 7 p.m. EST when its headline read: “MOSCOW MOCKS OBAMA ‘LAME DUCK’” in reference to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s response to Obama’s order.

Founder Matt Drudge sent a tweet implying the federal government was behind the black out.

“Is the US government attacking DRUDGE REPORT? Biggest DDoS since site's inception. VERY suspicious routing [and timing],” Drudge tweeted to the site’s 457,000 followers.

A DDoS, or large-scale distributed denial of service attack, disrupts Internet service by clogging a server with illegitimate requests that slow it down and eventually shut down the site altogether.

Drudge was able to trace the requests to thousands of sources, questioning both the timing of the attack coming, as it did, so soon after the headline critical of Obama’s action against Russia and the sheer scope of the disruption – the largest in the site’s 21-year online presence.

The site was back online in less than two-hours.

 
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