Threats of extortion from hackers were launched at the popular news aggregation web site Feedly, according to a recent article published on the Value Walk website. The article indicates that after Feedly said “it was being extorted” but refused to pay the attacker’s “ransom“, hackers repeatedly hammered them with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks with hopes to break them down and get payment for their threats.
On Wednesday, June 11th at 2:04 AM (PST), according to the report, Feedly published a blog post announcing the events by saying, “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“, according to the article. At one point, according to reports, the attacks stopped prompting them to announce that the assault was over. Unfortunately a “second wave of attacks” came again on Thursday which still did not cause them to buckle. According to the article, this wave was followed by yet another Feedly blog post at 7:26 AM Thursday morning.
According to Value Walk, Feedly made a second announcement that they were “under attack” again – but informed their users, “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.” Later that afternoon, Feedly announced again that the attacks were over. The announcement was quoted in the article stating, “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.”
The article confirmed that the extortion amount is currently unknown.
Read more about these attacks on Feedly in the full article at Value Walk and learn what steps will need to be take to eliminate this problem on a larger scale.