Skip to comments.Feedly And Evernote Go Down As Attackers Demand Ransom
Posted on 06/12/2014 3:51:44 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
Feedly is currently suffering a DDoS (distributed denial of service) attack, it announced earlier this morning on its blog.
You may have noticed that you cant access the website or load any of your feeds via the app. Feedly explained in a short message two hours ago that the DDoS perpetrator is holding Feedly to ransom and asking for money to stop the attack, Feedly has refused to comply.
CEO of Feedly, Edwin Khodabakchian, said in a short statement: 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.
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Take the money the attackers are demanding and hire an assassin. Have him bring the heads of the attackers.
Do this once or twice and this sort of crud will stop
You’re assuming these are centralized attacks. Most of the hacks that happen against western targets are perpetrated by entities in eastern bloc countries, Russia, China, North Korea, South Africa, and even India.
If someone is attacking, that someone can be identified and killed. I really don’t care where they are.
The fact there are several attackers doesn’t mean that one cannot be found and exterminated.
Death is a powerful motivator
A DDoS attack means it is a distributed denial of service; there is no "where". You can't find them. DDoS attacks are launched by having hundreds or thousands of computers run the attack. These computers are typically previously infected personal computers on the networks which can be then signaled to initiate an attack on a target site.
All of this is why I prefer to carry around a note pad to track ideas and to do lists.
The old fashioned way gives me privacy and can’t be lost with loss of internet access.
You can do that on your computer without being connected to the Internet. Just sayin’.
I also use paper lists, but Task Launcher’s daily appointments and word processing, as well as Notepad and Typepad are not net connected.
It’s really not that easy. This is often not a single person but an entity or a large group of people across the world. They usually use botnets, compromised computers around the world, to spawn their attacks. You might be able to track down a bot computer, but you could wind up killing some 90 year old woman who innocently thought the kitten screen saver from her grandson was a legitimate program.
...they asked for a ransom...
...follow the money...
...(the instructions for said)...
...might be a tad "illegal"...
...but, compared to today's tax code...
...it's that easy...
I see your point now. Sorry to belabor the issue.
Feedly was up again last night but this morning they are DOWN again.
There’s been a lot of chatter in security circles about this stuff. When these events happen, you can be certain that the feds, esp. the NSA and CIA, are using the events to track how well certain targeting strategies work.
You’d be floored by how many port scans happen on an average computer on any given day. I run a server from my home, and my firewalls and proxies filter over 20,000 port scan attempts an hour.