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Feedly is down, being held ransom by attackers

By / 06.11.14
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Did you just spend about ten minutes trying to figure out why Feedly isn’t loading? You’re not alone. The RSS feeder is under attack from cyber punks.

Feedly is currently in a stranglehold DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack. They announced the news earlier this morning on their official blog. Feedly explains in the brief message that the DDoS perpetrator is “holding Feedly ransom” and demanding money to stop the attack. In a true action movie move, the company has refused to comply.

Edwin Khodabakchian, the CEO of Feedly, made a statement earlier today about the service and the demands of the cyber attackers.

“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.”

What the heck is Feedly?

For those unfamiliar, Feedly is a news aggregator application available for various Web browsers and mobile devices. It’s also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others.

If you’re concerned about any personal information, or the fact you subscribe to so many cats dressed as boy bands websites, the CEO assured all users that their info is safe. “We are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement,” Khodabakchian explained.

Evernote, which integrates with Feedly, suffered a similar attack early this morning. Service was quickly restored. So either the Evernote people played ball or there was a shootout at the Nakatomi building. No civilian causalities but a couple RSS feeds were caught in the crossfires. It doesn’t look like Mashable is going to live to see tomorrow.

[via Official Statement]


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