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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Hackers Work Over U.S. Gossiper's Web Site

WASHINGTON -- Hackers who earlier claimed responsibility for computer attacks against ABC and C-SPAN have vandalized the web site run by Internet gossip columnist Matt Drudge.

The group, calling itself "United Loan Gunmen,'' replaced Drudge's main page late Monday with a message saying they "take control of Mike [sic] Drudge's data stockyard to once again show the world that this is the realm of the hacker.''

Drudge could not be reached for comment.

Although such electronic attacks aren't unusual, it was remarkable for a little-known hacker group to have claimed responsibility for raids on three remarkably high-profile web sites over a period of weeks.

The "ULG'' group also had claimed responsibility for the defacement

of the Internet site for ABC just weeks ago and for an attack at C-SPAN

one week ago.

The vandalism of Drudge's web site comes during a period of stepped-up prosecution of hackers by federal authorities.

The Justice Department weeks ago arrested Chad Davis, 19, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, on charges that he vandalized the Army's Internet site.

And a friend of Davis', Eric Burns, pleaded guilty recently in federal court in Virginia to charges that he vandalized a spate of web pages.