Tumblr worm hitting websites, posting identical message from GNAA

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

There appears to be a worm impacting many Tumblr websites, defacing pages with an identical message.

The message, was posted alongside an image of a man and the logo of a group called the “GNAA”.

The “GNAA”, the Gay N***** Association of America, is an association of internet trolls that seems to have a particular delight in winding up bloggers with racist posts.

At the time of writing, Tumblr does not appear to have said anything about the problem. However, many Tumblr users have turned to other social media outlets to share their concerns that they have been hit by a worm.

For instance, news website The Verge told its readers that its Tumblr had fallen victim to the hack:

The hack is still being investigated, and we’ll update this article as we find out more. In the meantime, however, we would recommend that internet users do not visit Tumblr sites -…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.