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Feedly hits third day of downtime as DDoS attacks continue

No sign of attacks ending any time soon
Fri Jun 13 2014, 12:31
DDoS attack

RSS SERVICE Feedly has hit its third day of downtime due to continued distributed denial service (DDoS) attacks.

The firm confirmed the third day of downtime on Twitter, telling users, "Feedly is currently being targeted by a third round of DDoS attacks. We are working on it. Sorry for the inconvenience." The firm currently has no word as to when it will be up and running, but we have been in touch for more information.

Feedly's third day of outage comes after Evernote and Deezer also warned users of DDoS attacks on their service. 

Evernote confessed to a DDoS attack on Twitter on Tuesday evening, advising its 100 million plus users, "Evernote service is currently unavailable. We are working to resolve the issue. Updates to follow. Thanks for your patience."

Deezer emailed users to warn that it had been hit by DDoS attacks over the weekend that left subscribers unable to access it.

The email read, "The first small attack was detected on Friday morning, but it did not impact the service. On Saturday 7th June, at 4pm GMT a large scale attack via a botnet (a group of compromised computers controlled by the attacker) resulted in a downtime of several hours."

Feedly was perhaps the worst hit however, with the attacker demanding ransom for the end the attacks. It said, "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.

However, while some DDoS attacks are often used as smokescreen for data theft, both Evernote, Deezer and Feedly all assured subscribers that, unlike recent attacks on eBay and Spotify, no user data has been pinched, and no action needs to be taken.

Evernote claimed, "As is the nature of DDoS attacks, there was no data loss, and no accounts were compromised," while Deezer said in its email that personal information "has been, and will remain, completely secure".

Feedly added, "Please know that you data is safe and you will be able to re-access your feedly as soon as the attack is neutralized."

Security expert Graham Cluley commented on the Evernote hack, and said it isn't clear why the service was targeted by hackers.

He said, "What is unclear is why Evernote was targeted. Frequently denial of service attacks might be instigated by hackers who have a grudge against a particular company or user of the company's service, or with the intention of extorting payment for a return to normal service." µ

 

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