Feedly, the popular news aggregator, has experienced further attacks from hackers after saying it was being extorted. Evernote, another internet-based business, also experienced demands for money from hackers and was hit with a hacker attack when they refused to pay.


Feedly attacked by criminal hackers

“Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS),” Feedly said in a blog post at 2:04 AM (PST) on June 11. “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.”

After saying the web aggregator was in the clear, a second wave of attacks occurred today. In a post at 7:26 AM (PST) today, Feedly said it was under attack but re-assured 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.”

At 3:40 PM (PST) Feedly said that, once again, the hacker attack was neutralized.  “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.”

Attack on Evernote also linked to Feedly

The Evernote attack is linked to Feedly.  Evernote integrates with Feedly and was subject to a similar attack this morning. “We’re actively working to neutralize a denial of service attack,” Evernote wrote in a Tweet. “You may experience problems accessing your Evernote while we resolve this problem.”

The amount of money being extorted from Feedly is unknown, as are the terms the hacker was demanding. Feedly showed no signs of relenting. ““We are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement.”

As technology is integrating into the human existence to the most extreme point in history, attacks on core technical infrastructure are growing. Attacks have targeted financial institutions, such as banks and stock exchanges. Sources indicate the attacks are getting more sophisticated and more difficult to defend, highlighting a societal problem as the core foundation of a nation’s infrastructure is increasingly at risk.