Matt Drudge sent out a couple of interesting tweets on Thursday, December 29 — even more interesting than the hat that Drudge has been known to wear as his signature look. As seen in the below tweet, Drudge’s official Twitter account asked if the U.S. government was attacking the Drudge Report, a popular conservative website known for having a bunch of links on its homepage. Drudge called the potential hack or attack the largest DDoS since the website began — which is saying a lot, since Matt has been around online for nearly a decade.
DDoS stands for a distributed denial of service, and the brutal DDoS attacks that have befallen Spotify and Twitter, as reported by Gizmodo, don’t bode well for the future. Basically, a DDoS attack on a site mimics a website getting a ton of traffic from a bunch of sources, to the point where that website can’t handle the traffic for its regular visitors. As seen in the above photo from 1997, Drudge has been delivering his The Drudge Report news to subscribers since email newsletters were more popular. According to the below Associated Press description from the photo, it’s been nearly a decade since that photo was taken.
“Matt Drudge carries a laptop computer as he walks up the stairs at his Hollywood-area apartment in Los Angeles June 18, 1997. The Drudge Report, the daily barrage of breaking news, gossip and politics he e-mails to some 65,000 subscribers, is hotter than hot.”
Since that time, Matt has grown his Facebook following to more than 1.15 million followers. Oddly, Drudge’s official Twitter page only has two tweets as of this writing, the one found above and the one seen below. Drudge claimed that the DDoS attack has come from thousands of sources. He claims that none of those attacks can be traced from Fort Meade, presumably Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, the U. S. Army’s “preeminent center for information, intelligence and cyber.”