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The Verge suggests attack may be related to recent guilty verdict for group member; Tumblr promises investigation

The offensively named cyber-troll/hacker organization "GNAA" has claimed responsibility for a wild campaign of attacks against Tumblr users.  Approximately 8,600 Tumblr users were affected, indicating the attackers may have found an underlying flaw in the popular microblogging platform's security process.

Most of the victims of the attack were personal blogs.  However, several news sites -- ReutersThe Verge, and others -- had their Tumblr accounts compromised, as well.

Tumblr has confirmed that the GNAA may be exploiting a security flaw, commenting:

There is a viral post circulating on Tumblr which begins "Dearest 'Tumblr' users". If you have viewed this post, please log out of all browsers that may be using Tumblr immediately. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. Thank you.

Affect users had their normal feeds replaced with an offensive image urging users to commit suicide.

GNAA hack

The Verge has suggested that the attack may somehow be in retaliation for or connected to the recent guilty verdict for Andrew Auernheimer, aka "weev" or "Escher Auernheimer", a member of GNAA and the related subgroup "Goatse Sec".  Mr. Auernheimer was found guilty of two rather ambiguous cyber-crime charges -- spelled out in the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986 (18 USC § 1030) -- and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 USD.   

Tumblr has responded with the following statement:

There is a viral post circulating on Tumblr which begins "Dearest 'Tumblr' users". If you have viewed this post, please log out of all browsers that may be using Tumblr immediately. Our engineers are working to resolve the issue as swiftly as possible. Thank you.

Sources: The Verge, Gary Niger on Twitter





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