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Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have been around since the dawn of the Internet era and are still a pestilence that infests the modern Web. This week, DDoS attacks were leveraged against online services Feedly and Evernote, once again demonstrating the vulnerability in Internet infrastructure.
In a typical DDoS attack, a large flood of data from multiple locations targets a server, which ends up disrupting and overwhelming the normal operations of the victimized site. On June 11, RSS feed reader service Feedly reported that it was under a DDoS attack.
As opposed to just a random act without purpose, the Feedly DDoS attackers had a financial incentive.
"The attacker is trying to extort us money to make it stop," Feedly stated in a blog post. "We refused to give in and are working with our network providers to mitigate the attack as best as we can."