Feedly latest site hit by ‘ransom’ DDoS attack

News aggregator Feedly is the latest website to be hit by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attackers demanding money to restore service.

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The site says that hackers are trying to “extort” it into paying money, but that it refuses to do so.

In a blog post it said: “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.”

It apologised to its users and assured them that their data is secure.

Earlier this year, social site Meetup was hit by a DDoS attack whose perpetrators demanded $300 to restore access to the service. It also refused to pay.

This was followed by a similar attack on an anonymous Israeli company.

Yesterday, multi-platform note-taking site Evernote was also the victim of a DDoS attack, but it is unclear if the incidents are linked.

UPDATE – 14:55 BST

Feedly has updated its blog post to tell users that it is making changes to its infrastructure to bring the service back online. “These things take some time to put into place and it may still be a few more hours before service is restored,” it said.

UPDATE – 09:02 BST

Feedly says that the attack has been neutralised.

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