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According to a recent article published on the Value Walk website, threats of extortion from hackers were launched at the popular news aggregation website Feedly. The report 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 paid 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 another Feedly blog post at 7:26 AM Thursday.
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 want to reiterate 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 taken to eliminate this problem on a larger scale.
Written by Bryon Turcotte / June 13, 2014