DDoS attacks against Feedly inconvenience millions … and it’s partly Google’s fault


Bad guys have been attacking Feedly’s website for two days now – demanding ransom -- and it’s somehow Google’s fault?

Not exactly, although millions of users did flock to Feedly in the wake of Google’s decision to deep-six Google Reader … and those millions – including yours truly – have been denied access to our favorite RSS feeds  while Feedly fends off these bad guys.

From the Building Feedly blog:

7:26am PST: We are currently being targeted by a second DDoS attack and are working with our service providers to mitigate the issue.

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.     

Here’s part of what Feedly had to say about the situation yesterday.

2:04am PST – Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS). 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.

Good for Feedly for refusing to pay.

As for Google, well, thanks for nothing.

(Update, 3 p.m.: My Feedly is back.)

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