Social networking site Tumblr hit by nasty viral worm


http://twitter.com/#!/charliespiering/status/275628232198455296

Nearly 9,000 Tumblr accounts have reportedly been infected by the virus. The virus is evidently spread when infected users see this message on their Tumblr page. When a user clicks on the message, the message is posted to his blog, and other users who visit an infected Tumblr site while logged in will have their blogs infected as well. An anti-blogging group calling itself the Gay Nigger Association of America (GNAA) has claimed responsibility.

Posting is currently disabled:

Looks like Tumblr’s dashboard is online, but I can’t add content. When I click “Text” or “Post,” it tells me Tumblr’s unavailable.

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) December 3, 2012

Tumblr users are warning each other to log out of their accounts and avoid clicking suspicious links:

[PSA] Avoid linking to compromised Tumblr accounts on Twitter; avoid visiting individual Tumblr pages while logged on to Tumblr.

— Matthew Keys (@TheMatthewKeys) December 3, 2012

GUYS THERES A TUMBLR VIRUS GOING AROUND. IF YOU SEE A VIDEO POST WITH LONG TEXT UNDER IT DONT CLICK ANYTHING AND DONT GO ON THE BLOG

— Crowley (@0nryo) December 3, 2012

Right now there’s a worm or virus going through Tumblr. If anyone you follow starts posting about “Gary Niger” DON’T click to view the post.

— Davis Cox (@dontstaylong) December 3, 2012

Be careful, all: RT @thematthewkeys: [PSA] There’s a worm spreading on Tumblr, use dashboard, avoid visiting individual Tumblr blogs.

— The Cut (@TheCut) December 3, 2012

Yes, our Tumblr appears to have been hacked. We’re taking care of this — and we recommend staying away from those nasty links.

— The Verge (@verge) December 3, 2012

Lots of reports of a widespread Tumblr hack. Best not to visit any individual Tumblrs right now.

— Liz Heron (@lheron) December 3, 2012

Don’t go to anyone’s Tumblr right now. Lots of hacking going on. If you see this, you’ve been hacked: twitpic.com/birosz

— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) December 3, 2012

Don’t visit anyone’s tumblr because you’re likely to get hacked. THIS is the message:twitpic.com/birosz

— Veronica De Souza (@HeyVeronica) December 3, 2012

IMPORTANT >> RT @rosscott: There’s a virus spreading through Tumblr. If you are a frequent user, WATCH OUT.

— Kimberly Reyes (@KimberlyAnneR) December 3, 2012

Tumblr has released a brief official statement:

There is a viral post circulating on Tumblr which begins “Dearest ‘Tumblr’ users”. If you have viewed this post, please log out of all browsers that may be using Tumblr immediately. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible.  Thank you.

And sent this message via 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.

— Tumblr (@tumblr) December 3, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/12/03/social-networking-site-tumblr-hit-by-nasty-viral-worm/

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