It has been a rough couple of days for Internet security. First, Evernote announced last night that attackers were hitting it with a DDoS attack and overwhelming its servers. Then, Feedly woke up this morning to the same predicament, although it’s not clear from news reports whether the same group is behind both attacks. And finally TweetDeck was attacked and malicious code spread from updates posted by popular accounts like @NYTimesBusiness.
Mercury must be in mother fucking retrograde.
In the case of TweetDeck, the company initially told people to try to delete their accounts as a stop gap from user information getting stolen, but when it became clear the malware was spreading quickly, the site was shuttered. (It was restored before this article was published.)
Feedly and Evernote have suffered site performance issues, with some unable to access the services. Feedly posted a message saying, “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.” Evernote confirmed that it was attacked via a Twitter message. Feedly is still inaccessible, but Evernote appears to have withstood the onslaught and been restored.
DDoS attacks have proliferated in recent months, leading Google to team up with security firm Arbor Networks to run a real-time DDoS world map, where people can see where the most attacks are occurring. At the moment, an ominous sphere circles around the US with a thick, steady stream of red pouring into it.
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