When Google discontinued its Google Reader RSS reader nearly a year ago, the world’s comment remaining RSS enthusiasts were confronted with a possible future with no way to read RSS feeds at all. Luckily, an existing app called Feedly stepped up, making the transition super easy for Reader fans.
On Wednesday, the Feedly community got a terrifying glimpse of that RSS-free world we thought we’d avoided. Feedly was hit with a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), part of a hacker extortion plot, and was down for nearly the entire day in both web and app versions, before re-emerging Wednesday night. Unnamed hackers had demanded a ransom in order to restore service, one Feedly, to its credit, refused to pay. Evernote was also affected; Tweetdeck also crashed Wednesday but in an unrelated attack.
Having to actually go to websites and read them like it’s 2005 or something, journalists and other Feedly users vented on Twitter:
Why didn't anyone on Feedly tell me that Feedly is down?
— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) June 11, 2014
Man, with Feedly down, it'd be great if Google had a free, simple, easy-to-use RSS reader.
— Chris Kelly (@leninstomb) June 11, 2014
Wait, I think there’s still a problem with tweetdeck, I’m seeing nothing but annoying opinions from a bunch of dumb motherfuckers
— Sam Faulkner Biddle (@samfbiddle) June 11, 2014
The @feedly downtime is kind of the information addict's nightmare. We're forced to actually type things into the URL bar today.
— gijyun (@gijyun) June 11, 2014
Feedly is down. Tweetdeck is down. It's like coming into the office early only to discover no one else made it because the roads shut down.
— Ed Morrissey (@EdMorrissey) June 11, 2014
Son, let me tell you about the good old days when Feedly and Tweetdeck worked and Eric Cantor was in office
— David A. Graham (@GrahamDavidA) June 11, 2014
With Feedly down, it’s almost like there’s no news happening this morning
— Ryan Lawler (@ryanlawler) June 11, 2014
I was looking to Feedly to tell me what to do about Tweetdeck. #InternetOfDings
— David Brauer (@dbrauer) June 11, 2014
I'm so glad feedly is back up so I can catch up on all the blog posts about feedly being down.
— dan (@dcseifert) June 11, 2014
Luckily, Feedly seems to be working just fine as of Thursday morning, and even better, Feedly presumably managed to come back without paying a ransom to criminals. I feel like celebrating, with a dinner at PF Chang’s…
UPDATE: As of Thursday morning, Feedly is down once again, due to a second DDOS.
I’m opposed to the death penalty, but starting to think there should be an exception for the people blackmailing Feedly.
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) June 12, 2014