Reporternewspapers.net was down for almost 7 hours June 6 when a flood of viewers clicked a link to the site in a matter of minutes.

The Drudge Report, an international news aggregating website, featured a link on its homepage to a story from the Sandy Springs Reporter.

The article, about Sandy Springs’ Iron Sky police surveillance program (Click for the story), generated so much traffic in such a short period of time that the web host reporternewspapers.net uses blocked traffic.

“Our web traffic had a huge spike and started to stress the server, they had no choice but to cut us off,” said Chris North, creative director at Reporter Newspapers. “Seven hours is a long time to be offline but everything should be back to normal now.”

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