Two companies went head-to-head with the hackers who tried to hold them for ransom yesterday.
Hackers targeted Evernote, a cloud-based note-taking app, and Feedly, a news aggregation tool, with denial of service attacks. In other words, the hackers sent so much fake traffic at the sites it clogged them up and crashed them.
I'm sure the hackers expected that their targets would pay to stop the attacks rather than deal with being inaccessible to their users. Both companies refused.
Evernote, the larger company of the two, reported yesterday that it had dealt with the problem after 24 hours of downtime.
Feedly hasn’t been as lucky. It managed to find its way around the first assault and get back online at 4 p.m. yesterday.