On Monday, a worm quickly spread through social blogging site Tumblr, posting offensive messages on many users pages. Tumblr says it has now fixed the problem.
The Next Web’s Emil Protalinski wrote, “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.”
Gawker’s Adrian Chen interviewed a spokesman for the hackers, who said, “We contacted Tumblr about this weeks ago and nothing came of it. This was a serious issue that needed to be fixed. Someone would have done a lot worse than just posting a message over and over if they didn’t fix it right away…”
According to Computerworld’s Joab Jackson, “A Tumblr spokeswoman declined to elaborate on the attack, noting only that ‘Tumblr engineers have resolved the issue.’ The attack affected only a few thousand Tumblr accounts, she said.”