Evernote, Feedly Hit by DDoS Attacks

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Both Feedly and Evernote were taken down yesterday by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks (h/t Threatpost).

Feedly stated in a blog post at 2:04am on June 11, 2014, "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. We are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement."

Four hours later, the company added, "We’re making some changes to our infrastructure that will allow us to bring feedly back online. However, these things take some time to put into place and it may still be a few more hours before service is restored. Thank you so much for your patience and for sticking with us. Remember, none of your data was compromised or lost in this attack."

Evernote didn't indicate whether its attack was related to Feedly's, but tweeted at 4:38pm on June 10, 2014, "We're actively working to neutralize a denial of service attack. You may experience problems accessing your Evernote while we resolve this."

Just under three hours later, Evernote tweeted, "Evernote is up and running. There may be a hiccup or two for the next 24 hours. We appreciate your patience."

Incapsula co-founder Marc Gaffan suggests, however, that this may just be a prelude to the main event. "The attacks on Feedly and Evernote are important and troubling all on their own," he said. "However, that they were executed in the same week that Anonymous announced they were prepping a widescale attack on FIFA’s World Cup sponsors is even more troubling. Often prior to a large attack, hackers will engage in preliminary attacks to flex their muscles, guaranteeing that when the real strike comes, all resources will be working at their highest capacity."