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NewsPoster Jun 11, 2014 07:25 AM
Evernote, Feedly servers affected, hit with denial of service attacks
Two prominent web properties have come under fire from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in the last 24 hours. Note-taking app <a href=" .map.notes/" rel='nofollow'>Evernote</a> struggled to stay active during its multi-hour attack earlier today, with Google Reader replacement <a href=" for.rss.feeds/" rel='nofollow'>Feedly</a> being the current target, with the entire service currently unavailable while it attempts to mitigate the malicious traffic surge. <br />
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Evernote advised on <a href="" rel='nofollow'>Twitter</a> that it was under attack, <a href="" rel='nofollow'>reports</a> <em>The Next Web</em>, stating users "may experience problems" at the time. A later update <a href="" rel='nofollow'>confirmed</a> it was a DDoS attack. Four hours later, another service <a href="" rel='nofollow'>update</a> was issued by the company, claiming Evernote is "up and running," though there "may be a hiccup or two for the next 24 hours."<br />
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<div align="center"><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>We're actively working to neutralize a denial of service attack. You may experience problems accessing your Evernote while we resolve this.</p>- evernote (@evernote) <a href="" rel='nofollow'>June 10, 2014</a></blockquote><br />
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At around the same time, a similar attack was made against Feedly, with the company <a href="" rel='nofollow'>confirming</a> it to be the work of criminals. "The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop," writes founder and CEO Edwin Khodabakchian. "We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best we can," advised the service in a blog post, which also claims the attack is not affecting stored customer data. <br />
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While it is unclear if both attacks are from the same source, Feedly writes that it is "working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement." The similarity and close timings of the attacks also strongly suggests it to be the same single culprit or group at work. <br />
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This is not the only time Evernote has come under attack. In <a href="" rel='nofollow'>early 2013</a>, the service was forced to reset passwords for all of its users, following an intrusion that pulled hashed and salted passwords from its servers.
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