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.
As of 10 a.m. today, however, Feedly CEO Edwin Khodabakchian announced the second wave of attacks was slowing down the service.
The criminal has launched his second wave of DDoS attack this morning. The ops team has reviewed the attacks and is working on building a second line of defense to neutralize this second attack.
I’m glad to see that companies are standing up to hackers. Refusing to back down sends a message to would-be online extortionists that online businesses won’t be threatened.
NOTE: No customer data was stolen during these attacks. DDoS attacks come from outside; hackers haven't gotten any access to either company's systems.