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This article was published on June 11, 2014


    Feedly suffers second round of DDoS attacks after perpetrator tried to extort money

    Feedly suffers second round of DDoS attacks after perpetrator tried to extort money
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    Update 7.26am PST (June 12) After initially giving the all-clear for business to resume, Feedly has announced that it’s currently suffering a second round of DDoS attacks. The company says in a blog post:

    “We are currently being targeted by a second DDoS attack and are working with our service providers to mitigate the issue.

    As with yesterday’s attack, your data is safe. We apologize for the inconvenience and will update this blog post as more information is available or the situation changes.”

    Update 3:40PM PT: Feedly has posted on its blog that it has neutralized the DDoS attack as of 3:07PM PT. “You should now be able to access your feedly from both feedly.com, mobile apps and third party applications. Our ops team is closely monitoring the situation in case the attacks resume. It might take a few hours for some of the 40 million feeds we poll to be fully updated. We would like to re-iterate that none of your data was compromised by this attack.”

    Original post below:

    If you’ve been having issues accessing your RSS feed via Feedly today, well, there’s a good reason for that. Feedly has announced that it’s currently suffering a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack, with the perpetrator(s) attempting to garner money from the company to make it stop.

    “We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can,” explains Edwin Khodabakchian, founder and CEO of Feedly.

    Feedly is assuring its users that their data remains safe, and access will be restored once the “attack is mitigated.” Other companies have been affected by a DDoS too, as Feedly alludes to when it says “we are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement.”

    Just yesterday, Evernote reported it had been subjected to a similar attack, though it was quickly restored. It’s not clear whether this is directly related to the current attack on Feedly.

    We’ll update here when we receive any updates.

    Denial of service attack | Feedly