Anti-blogging hackers attack Tumblr

A trolling group claims to have infected 8,600 individual blogs

Natasha Lennard
December 4, 2012 2:41AM (UTC)

Deviant hackers operating under the purposefully provocative title GNAA (which stands for something we cannot publish) waged war today on Tumblr bloggers. The group claimed to have propagated a worm through 8,600 blog sites -- including those of the Observer's BetaBeat, USA Today and the Daily Dot -- replacing content with the following expletive filled message:

Dearest Tumblr users,

We have taken the liberty of upgrading your (rather tasteless, we must say) blog to our premier GNAA Deluxe Gary Niger... Signed Edition! This is in response to the seemingly pandemic growth and world-wide propagation of the most... WORTHLESS, CONTRIVED, BOURGEOISIE, SELF-CONGRATULATING AND DECADENT BULLSHIT THE INTERNET EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF FACILITATING.

This was not GNAA's first foray into mischief-making. The group recently tricked journalists by pretending to be looters on Twitter in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. On Monday, a GNAA spokesperson told Gawker that Monday's worm was aimed to illustrate a vulnerability in Tumblr's set up -- a point certainly made.

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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