Cybercrime

Feedly Hit By 3 Rounds of DDoS Attacks in 3 Days

The site currently appears to be up and running.
Feedly seemed to be working when we checked it out this morning. (Screengrab: feedly)

Feedly seemed to be working when we checked it out this morning. (Screengrab: feedly)

After neutralizing two waves of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, feedly announced early this morning that it was experiencing yet another round of attacks.

When we opened feedly’s homepage at 8:30 a.m., however, the site seemed to be up and running.

The attacks started at 2:04 a.m. PST on Wednesday, when criminals attacked the news service and held it ransom, in a way. Here’s how feedly described the situation on its blog:

“Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). The attacker is trying to extort us money 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.

“We are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement.

“We want to apologize for the inconvenience. Please know that you data is safe and you will be able to re-access your feedly as soon as the attack is neutralized.”

By 3:07 p.m. on Wednesday, feedly had neutralized the first wave of attacks, assuring users that none of their data had been compromised in the attack.

At 7:26 a.m. the next day, the site experience a second round of attacks. After beefing up their security measures, feedly managed to neutralize the second round by 11:30 a.m. “These criminals are determined to try to extort some money and we are determined to say no to extortion and focus on building a stronger feedly instead,” they wrote. “Thanks again for your overwhelmingly positive support throughout the last 2 days.”

Despite the apparent third round of attacks this morning, we were able to open the site at 8:30 a.m. EST, search for “cats,” and get a long list of results, so it looks like things might be under control for now.

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Tags: Cybercrime