Tumblr spammers blast blog site over slow response to attack warning


The group responsible for carrying out an attack on Tumblr, which resulted in abusive messages being posted on thousands of users' blogs, claim they warned the site an attack could happen weeks ago.

The blogging site was hit by a spamming group called GNAA yesterday who used the platform to post a 200-word anti-Tumblr rant on thousands of the firm's blogs.

"This is in response to the seemingly pandemic growth and worldwide propagation of the most F******G WORTHLESS, CONTRIVED, BOURGEOISIE, SELF-CONGRATULATING AND DECADENT B******T THE INTERNET EVER HAD THE MISFORTUNE OF FACILITATING," the post stated.

We contacted Tumblr two weeks ago...but they never got back to us.

In an interview with news site Gawker, a person reporting to be a GNAA spokesperson, said the group warned Tumblr an attack could take place weeks ago.

"Someone would have done a lot worse than just posting a message over and over if they didn't fix it right away," said the spokesperson.

"We contacted Tumblr about it about two weeks ago. We used the 'can't find what you're looking for' link at the bottom of the email troubleshooting page. They never got back to us."

The site is used to publish more than 70 million posts a day and reportedly hosts nearly 71 million blogs.

In a blog post, a Tumblr spokesperson said the firm had moved quickly to resolve the issue.

"We quickly identified the source, removed the posts, and restored service to normal," the post stated.

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

In a further post on the Naked Security blog, Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at security software vendor Sophos, was able to shed some light on how the attack was carried out.

"The worm took advantage of Tumblr's reblogging feature, meaning that anyone who was logged into Tumblr would automatically reblog the infectious post if they visited one of the offending pages," wrote Cluley.

"Each affected post had some malicious code embedded inside them...If your computer was logged into Tumblr, it would result in the GNAA content being reblogged on your own Tumblr," he added.

Caroline Donnelly is the news and analysis editor of IT Pro and its sister site Cloud Pro, and covers general news, as well as the storage, security, public sector, cloud and Microsoft beats. Caroline has been a member of the IT Pro/Cloud Pro team since March 2012, and has previously worked as a reporter at several B2B publications, including UK channel magazine CRN, and as features writer for local weekly newspaper, The Slough and Windsor Observer. She studied Medical Biochemistry at the University of Leicester and completed a Postgraduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism at PMA Training in 2006.