Tumblr ‘Puts Stopper’ On Posts As Vicious Worm Spreads

Tom Brewster is TechWeek Europe’s Security Correspondent. He has also been named BT Information Security Journalist of the Year in 2012 and 2013.

Various blogs hit as offensive message spreads across Tumblr

Popular blogging service Tumblr appears to have put a block on users posting as a worm has spread across the site, defacing many users’ pages with an offensive message.

It appears an anti-blogging/trolling group GNAA has taken responsibility for the hit, suggesting that those who deleted the post would subsequently delete their Tumblr account too. However, some have claimed that people can change their passwords and then delete the post to get rid of it.

Offensive Tumblr hack

ninja security hacker suit business - (c) olly shutterstockThe message also suggested Tumblr users should kill themselves by drinking bleach, amongst other obscenities. “Your last chance for redemption hinges upon your death; your death which was most fortunately prescribed by your most unfortunate birth. Fret not, dear emo, your death will be regarded as a sacrifice to humanity,” it read.

Tumblr issued the following over Twitter: “We are aware that there is a viral post circulating on Tumblr. We are working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. Thank you.”

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Twitter, said he was unable to post blogs on the site, which “may indicate that Tumblr has temporarily disabled posting to prevent the worm from spreading further”.

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