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Feedly taken down by enormous DDoS attack, with hackers demanding ransom

If you moved to Feedly after the much lamented shut-down of Google Reader, as many RSS users did, then you may have noticed that the service is currently down. To prevent customers from wondering about the problems, the company has released an announcement.

Feedly says it is currently suffering under a crippling distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, with the attacker demanding money to bring an end to service interruption. In a brief post on the company blog, the developers let all customers know of the problem, and promises to update users as the situation develops.

"Criminals are attacking feedly with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS)," the company said on its blog. "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 want to apologise for the inconvenience. Please know that you data is safe and you will be able to re-access your feedly as soon as the attack is mitigated."

"We are working in parallel with other victims of the same group and with law enforcement."

We will update this page as soon as we have more information.

As of this writing, the service remains down, and no updates have yet been posted, but we'll update this story as things develop.

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