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Tumblr admits it was hacked by a racist anti-blogging group

Has restored service
Tue Dec 04 2012, 16:48
Cyber crime

BLOGGING SERVICE Tumblr has admitted that it was hacked by a racist anti-blogging and trolling group that goes by the acronym GNAA.

The INQUIRER won't report what that acronym supposedly stands for because it's racist and nasty.

GNAA previously trolled the campaign website for Barack Obama and US based media firms, but this is the first time it has attempted a cyber attack on a much larger scale.

Even technology news website The Verge said it had been a victim of the attack on Tuesday when it tweeted, "Yes, our Tumblr appears to have been hacked. We're taking care of this - and we recommend staying away from those nasty links."

Tumblr notified its users of the attack via a staff post today. Tumblr said that the problem had been dealt with.

"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," Tumblr said.

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

The infected post was a nasty rant starting with "Dearest 'Tumblr' users" and continuing into a tirade against the service and what it called its "emo" users. Tumblr warned users not to click any of the links on a Tumblr page with the post on it, as that would repost onto their own Tumblr feeds. µ


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