Tumblr Invaded By Worm Affecting Thousands Of Blogs

    December 3, 2012
    Chris Crum

Reports have been rampant today about a worm spreading on Tumblr, taking over thousands of accounts.

Tumblr addressed the issue twice on Twitter: once to let everyone know they were aware of the issue, and a second time to say that the issue had been resolved:

Update: Tumblr has now posted to its staff blog:

This morning, some of you may have noticed a spam post appearing repeatedly on your Dashboard and on the blogs of a few thousand affected accounts. We quickly identified the source, removed the posts, and restored service to normal.

No accounts have been compromised, and you don’t need to take any further action.

Our sincere apologies for the inconvenience. As always, we are going to great lengths to make sure this type of abuse does not happen again.

The worm brought with it a message about a “GNAA Video” post. TheNextWeb reports:

So, what is the GNAA? The acronym stands for the Gay N***** Association of America, an anti-blogging Internet trolling organization. One of the member’s Twitter accounts points to the bronies Tumblr tag as a way to keep track of all the blogs being affected. The latest count is over 8,600 uniques.

Meanwhile, ComputerWorld reports on an Instagram vulnerability on iPHone, which allows for accounts to be taken over.