Modern Extortion

I stay on top of a variety of subjects via RSS feeds. I used to be a Google Reader guy and when Google shut that down I moved to Feedly. Feedly became very popular with Google Reader gone.

So now someone is trying to extort money from them. There’s a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack currently going on. If you don’t know what that means, hackers have a network of machines they’ve hacked flooding Feedly with so many requests that the site can’t handle it. The Distributed part is important because that makes it harder to fight. You can block traffic from specific addresses, but if there are a ton of addresses that keep changing it’s difficult to fight. So Feedly is down at the moment.

The attackers want money. It’s an old fashioned shake down. Nice little web site you got there, it’d be a shame if something happened to it…

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One Response to Modern Extortion

  1. back up this afternoon. let’s see if a 3rd attempt happens tomorrow. i feel blind without feedly. probably the first time google shut down something useful (reader).

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