Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack [update]

Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack
By Derek Kessler on 11 Jun 2014 01:03 pm EDT

Update: It looks like Feedly was able to neutralize the DDoS attack that crippled the news reader service for hours today. "We have neutralized DDoS attack that began at 2:04am PST last night," the company wrote in a blog post, noting that "it might take a few hours for some of the 40 millions feeds we poll to be fully updated." Feedly should work now on the website and through various apps.

Original story:

RSS aggregator service Feedly has been down since early this morning. the victim of a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Feedly, which has come away as one of the leading services for news junkies in the wake of the Google Reader shut down, ties into numerous third-party apps across all mobile platforms, as well as their own apps for iOS and Android, and a web client. The DDoS attack took down Feedly's service early this morning, and appears to be ongoing.

In a post on the Feedly blog, the company explained that the attack comes after an attempt to extort them for money. Feedly isn't the only service that's been struck — Evernote was taken down briefly this morning, but was able to recover within a few hours. Feedly went down at around 5:00 AM Eastern Time and as of publishing time was still more or less down.

A DDoS attack uses a network of remotely-controlled computers (often infected with and taken over by malware) to target a network or server with an overwhelming number of requests, bringing the service to its knees.

Feedly is near and dear to our hearts here at Mobile Nations, serving as most of our RSS readers of choice since Google Reader went the way of the ghost. Having Feedly down is an inconvenience, of course, but it's also emblematic of the problems that providers of internet services face — pay up or we'll burn down your house.

We'll let you know when Feedly returns (we'll be excited too), but in the meantime, how are the Feedly users out there coping?

Source: Feedly

Derek Kessler Derek Kessler "Managing Editor of Mobile Nations" 81 (articles) 5 (forum posts)

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Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack [update]


Loved Viigo so much.Wonder why BlackBerry won't listen to the cries for its return.

Incurable Q10 Syndrome.....Keep away!!!!!!

gNewsReader seems highly rated as a native app. It does still require, however, a Feedly or NewsBlur back end.

Q10  The Other Crackberry Pirate  Z30

Instead of reading rss on Feedly, I'm here on the cb10 app. Guess that's one WaY to get app users

Posted via CB10

Another reason why I don't use Evernote. Prefer my thumb drive for storage. I'm writing a book and don't want my eggs out there in one basket.

I don't care if other people want a bb10 device I wanted one and that's all that matters.

Blame the millions of badly secured, neglected and malware infested Windows zombie computers that are part of a botnet, a lot still running Windows XP.

Almost every single computer I touch has some kind of problem. Give them a BB10 tablet instead!

"No Q10?" -> "Buy from Chen... "

Or linux mint 17. That is all everyone needs. ;)

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Or linux mint 17. That is all everyone needs. ;)

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

If all those malware infested machines used linux mint, ubuntu or some other big easy to use linux distribution, then things like that wouldn't happen. It is far more secure than windows. Look at a brick of concrete, then a brick of swiss cheese. You'll know which has all the holes and is crushed easily. A brick isn't.

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Yep - me too. I'm giving a few other services a go and so far inoreader looks really good - might stick with it even when Feedly returns.