Tumblr hit by virus, blogs defaced with expletives
6:34am December 4, 2012
A software “worm” unleashed by hackers has burrowed through Tumblr, defacing pages at the popular blogging platform with a vitriolic, expletive-laden message.
A hacker group going by the acronym “GNAA” claimed responsibility for the diatribe, which dismissed most of what bloggers shared online as worthless.
The hacker group said 8600 unique Tumblr users were affected, including high-profile blogs run by USA Today, Reuters, The Verge, and CNET.
When visiting an infected Tumblr site, users would see an expletive-laden post urging them to commit suicide, CNET reports.
The fake post criticised Tumblr for the “propagation of the most f—ing worthless, contrived, bourgeoisie, self-congratulating and decadent bulls— the Internet has ever had the misfortune of facilitating.”
The spam also said deleting the post would delete the user’s Tumblr account.
“We are aware that there is a viral post circulating on Tumblr,” the US-based company said in a message posted on Twitter.
By mid-morning, Tumblr had to resolved the issue.
Computer security provider Sophos said the worm appeared to take advantage of Tumblr’s reblogging feature. Anyone who was logged into Tumblr would automatically reblog the post, which had malicious code embedded inside, if they visited one of the offending pages, Sophos said.
Tumblr reports that it is home to 83.2 million blogs that jointly attract about 18.2 billion page views monthly.