Days after staring down a ransom request from computer hackers, Feedly is subject to a third day of distributed denial of service request attacks.

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Feedly denied paying “protection money” to hackers

The Feedly story is a modern day version of the old mafia version of the corner store shakedown. Feedly was requested to provide protection money to ensure a preverbal fire didn’t somehow ignite by “accident.” Feedly said no and “no means no.”

What is occurring now is the public violation of Feedly by a bully that wouldn’t take no for an answer. The event, as ValueWalk reported, became public amid a Feedly blog post that 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.”

The web news aggregation company told its clients the situation was under control when it was hit again the following day, but Feedly remained firm.  “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,” the firm said in a statement.

New internet criminal can operate around the world

Feedly’s story is becoming increasingly common among businesses who rely on the Internet and networked applications.  While criminal enterprise in the past was primarily influenced by the neighborhood one physically resided, a new type of Internet criminal can literally operate around the world – often in countries without the same respect for the rule of law – and hack into networks, steal private intellectual property and dash of into the cyber darkness with little concern for punishment.

The question is: how long will such attacks continue?

It could be Feedly will be used by the attackers as a public display of what happens to those who don’t cooperate with their ill-begotten desires.

”The second line of defence is up and wave #2 has been neutralized. You should be able to access feedly via feedly.com, feedly mobile apps and third party apps. These criminals are determined to try to extort some money and we are determined to say no to extortion and focus on building a stronger feedly instead. Thanks again for your overwhelmingly positive support throughout the last 2 days,” the Feedly web site now reads.