Tumblr Worm Spreading Spam: How To Protect Yourself
Tumblr has been infected by a worm that’s spreading spam and affecting thousands of accounts. The worm affects users who interact with a pop-up after viewing a specific post. The post is hard to miss as it begins with “Dearest ‘Tumblr’ users” and is followed by a long message.
In the PS the worm claims that if you delete the post from your account your Tumblr information will deleted. Tumblr is aware of the issue and has temporarily disabled posting.
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
The pop-up that appears starts with “Notice: Tumblr will be undergoing maintenance on December 4th 2012 at 01:00 AM for several hours.” If you see that message do not interact with the pop-up and kill your browser immediately.
If you see the message posted on your Tumblr account or if you visit a page that had the message you should change your password immediately to avoid the negative actions of the Tumblr Worm.
The Tumblr worm was started by GNAA, a hacking group well known for their internet trolling and hacking of various websites. In the meantime, after changing your password it is probably best to avoid using Tumblr until the issue has been fully resolved.
Here is the message the Tumblr Worm posted to infected blogs:
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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.
SHOUTZ: LITERALKA – DOLPHIN/DZL – BERRY/BRR – RORY – INFID3L – INCOG
Have you been infected by the Tumblr worm?