The latest Tech News, Phones, Tablets, TVs, Cameras, New Tech, Games and Apps.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Infectious Worm Spreading on Tumblr
An infectious worm is spreading on Tumblr Monday morning, affecting several major blogs.
Tumblr spokesperson Katherine Barna sent the following email to Mashable regarding the worm:
“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.”
While Tumblr remains online, posting is currently disabled. A pre-emptive password reset is probably a good idea for any Tumblr user reading this post. The truly cautious may wish to avoid Tumblr entirely until the mess is sorted out.
The worm seems to be infecting any account that either reblogs or views (on an individual blog, not on users’ dashboards) the insulting post seen below.
Mashable reader Christian H. shared a screenshot showing the post activates a fake pop-up, which if clicked allows the worm to spread. If you encounter the pop-up, do not click any part of it — instead, close your browser immediately.
Once a blog is infected, the post is then continuously reposted by infected users’ accounts. The worm is from the GNAA, a well-known hacker and Internet trolling collective. GNAA claims to have infected more than 8,000 Tumblr blogs as of late Monday morning.
The text of the post:
Dearest `Tumblr’ users,
We have taken the liberty of upgrading your (rather tasteless, we must say) blog to our premier GNAA Deluxe Gary Niger (pictured to the left) Signed Edition! This is in response to the seemingly pandemic growth and world-wide propagation of the most FUCKING WORTHLESS, CONTRIVED, BOURGEOISIE, SELF-CONGRATULATING AND DECADENT BULLSHIT THE INTERNET EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF FACILITATING. However, we do not believe you are beyond redemption! All you have to do is DRINK BLEACH AND DIE YOU EMO, SELF-INSISTING, SELF-DEPRECATING, SELF-INDULGENT EMPTY HUSKS OF HUMAN BEINGS. REPEAT AFTER ME: I WISH I WAS PROFOUND, BUT I’M NOT! I WISH I WAS ORIGINAL, BUT I’M NOT! I WISH MY IMPENDING DEATH WAS OF ANY CONSEQUENCE, BUT IT IS MOST CERTAINLY NOT! 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; to die a martyr is a glorious death, and will likely be your highest contribution to society.