Worm. Such a little word, but it belies a lot of grief, particularly for Tumblr, which saw several of its sites blighted when a worm spread like lightning on Monday.
The digital vandalism showed up as a headshot photo beside some… erm… provocative text branded with the logo from GNAA. Short for the Gay N***** Association of America, the GNAA is a particularly vocal group of Internet trolls that takes aim at bloggers with racist posts.
Caution: Foul language ahead. Put the little ones in the next room, should you decide to scroll down.
SophosLabs did a sweep of the incident and figured out how the worm spread so quickly.
Tumblr has a reblogging feature that kicked in whenever someone (who was already logged in) visited an infected page. Those who hadn’t signed in simply got directed to a login page, while everyone else had the GNAA notice reblogged on their own Tumblr — including sites like The Verge. Explains Sophos:
Have you seen the GNAA notice, or had the worm affect your Tumblr account? Let us know in the comments.