For those of you who curates your news via Feedly, it looks like the service has gone under a denial of service attack. This is according to a post on Feedly’s blog where they have confirmed that they are experiencing an attack right now. According to them, the attacker (or attackers) are trying to extort money from the company in order to stop the attacks.
However according to Feedly, they claim to be working with their network providers to help mitigate the attack. They are also working with other victims who have been subject to similar attacks and law enforcement officials. Feedly also states that user data is safe and that they are working as fast as they can to get the service back up and running. It is unclear how long it will take for Feedly to go back up, so in the meantime we suggest to remain patient.
Feedly is an RSS reader that helps curate news and blog posts from websites. It experienced a surge in popularity back in 2013 when Google announced that they would be shutting down its Reader service on the 1st of July. While there are plenty of RSS readers out there, we guess Feedly’s design was the most reminiscent of the familiar interface that many had gotten used to with Google Reader, which might explain its popularity.
In any case we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for more information regarding the attack, any possible repercussions for Feedly’s users, and when the service will be back online, so check back with us later for the details.