Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack

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


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Feedly RSS service crippled by ongoing DDoS attack [update]


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/if some porn site doesnt have it already

This is both good and bad news. The bad news is obvious, but the good news is now I know my phone is actually working properly. I've spent the whole morning thinking my connection was just garbage.

Right there with you. I usually check my email and my feeds first thing in the morning. Rebooted my phone thinking it was the phone.

I don't know if it's related... I'm assuming it is... but TweetDeck is suffering from something, too. Some weird auto-retweet virus is spreading through Twitter. You don't even have to be following a user and your account retweets this code which then others involuntarily retweet.

Here's what it looks like with a bunch of random spaces in it, to break it:
< script class ="xss">$('.xss'). parents ().eq(1).find ('a').eq (1).click ();$('[data-action=retweet]'). click() ;alert('XSS in Tweetdeck') < /script >♥

They sent out a tweet saying "A security issue that affected TweetDeck this morning has been fixed. Please log out of TweetDeck and log back in to fully apply the fix." -- but many people still seem to be affected by it. Myself included.

No Tweetdeck is different. They have a XSS vulnerability that allows people to remotely access Tweetdeck for chrome.

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I was wondering what the hell was going on with my feeds. Now I know.

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I tried Feedly, but ended up settling on InoReader. It's very minimalist, but it works for me, and it's working today.

Thanks for the article! I was wondering what the heck was going on.

As far as how I'm coping? Well... can't say it's affected me THAT much. I think we'll all survive.

Evernote was attacked this morning as well. Not sure how they're doing, but I'm going bonkers. I'm going to have so many articles to read once Feedly comes back. I'm getting stressed just thinking about it!

It's funny how you never know how much you need/depend on something until it stops working.
This is one of those days :'(

I used to use feedly a lot.. These days I pretty much just go directly to android central, the verge, and android police

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As soon as feedly gives me trouble I check twitter. If there's nothing there, I'll try again

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News Google Reader pro I find myself using more these days anyway. Clean, easy to navigate, fast. Gets the job done.

It's so tedious having to browse to each website to see what's new!!
I'm glad they're not giving in, I'll wait it out.