If one of your favorite websites or blogs that uses Tumblr suddenly started showing messages today that asks for people to take their own lives, theres an unfortunate reason. GNAA, a hacker group, has claimed they are responsible for the posts that have infected thousands of the sites hosted by the popular service.
CNET reports that the official Tumblr blogs of USA Today, Reuters, and even their own are among the victims of this hacker worm. In addition to the offensive messages, the post also claims that deleting these messages will delete the users Tumblr account.
In a statement, Tumblr said:
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.
People who go to the infected Tumblr pages also see a pop up message asking the user if they want to leave the page. If you have a Tumblr account that has been hit by this worm attack, your best best is to go ahead and change your Tumble account password just in case.
The official Tumblr corporate website claims that the service hosts more than 83 million blogs.