Yesterday, online hacker group GNAA (an acronym for its racist/offensive name) attacked Tumblr, posting rants to users’ Tumblr blogs. Tumblr engineers quickly resolved the issue, but several brands were hit in the attack, including USA Today, Reuters, CNET, and The Verge.
The virus spread quickly because the hacker group set it up to re-post the offensive content as soon as a Tumblr user opened up an affected page. More than 8,600 Tumblr users were affected, according to the group, which told Gawker that it warned Tumblr of an upcoming attack several weeks ago.
The post itself insulted Tumblr users in general, and the campaign was set specifically to reach “bronies,” or male fans of My Little Ponies, by connecting it to the brony tag on Tumblr. (Umm…) The full text of the post can be found online.