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article imageFeedly and Evernote suffer cyber-attack

By Tim Sandle     Jun 16, 2014 in Technology
The news site Feedly and popular online notes and web clippings service Evernote have both come under attack from cyber criminals, which is preventing users from accessing its service.
The type of cyber-attack is described as a "distributed denial of service," and the people behind the attack are demanding money in order to restore the service according to the BBC. It is not known whether the two attacks are connected; however, Feedly and Evernote work closely together.
Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are caused by what can be thousands of computers sending huge amounts of data to a target's servers in an effort to overwhelm them. Perpetrators of DoS attacks typically target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks, credit card payment gateways, and even root nameservers.
Some 15 million people use Feedly and over 100 million use Evernote. Feedly is a news aggregator application for various Web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android, also available as a cloud-based service. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others. Evernote is a suite type of software and services, designed for note taking and archiving. A "note" can be a piece of formatted text, a full webpage or webpage excerpt, a photograph, a voice memo, or a handwritten "ink" note. Notes can also have file attachments. Notes can be sorted into folders, then tagged, annotated, edited, given comments, searched and exported as part of a notebook.
Feedly has assured users their data is safe, and announced on Twitter that its service is now up and running. Evernote is also fully restored.
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