Feeds

Tumblr bloggrs ensnared in chain-spam scam

Bumblrs duped by 'blog deletion' curse

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Tumblr has become the target of a chain letter-style spam that spread rapidly over the micro-blogging service.

The fake messages falsely warned that "your blog will be deleted unless you repost this" note, which claimed that Tumblr was drawing up a list of inactive profiles.

Totally untrue, but over 130,000 people were taken in enough to repost the chain spam, according to an assessment of the scam by GFI Software.

Similar scams have been commonplace on Facebook for some time. The Tumblr chain letter took advantage of a shortcoming in the reblog function on the site that meant that more clued-up users could only warn about the scam by reposting the dodgy message themselves.

"The only way users can really warn others is by adding a note to the comments, and the only way to do that is to reblog the original message, thus spreading it further," explained Jovi Umawing, a security researcher at GFI Software. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
You really need to do some tech support for Aunty Agnes
Free anti-virus software, expires, stops updating and p0wns the world
USB coding anarchy: Consider all sticks licked
Thumb drive design ruled by almighty buck
Attack reveals 81 percent of Tor users but admins call for calm
Cisco Netflow a handy tool for cheapskate attackers
Privacy bods offer GOV SPY VICTIMS a FREE SPYWARE SNIFFER
Looks for gov malware that evades most antivirus
Patch NOW! Microsoft slings emergency bug fix at Windows admins
Vulnerability promotes lusers to domain overlords ... oops
Oi, Europe! Tell US feds to GTFO of our servers, say Microsoft and pals
By writing a really angry letter about how it's harming our cloud business, ta
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management
How using vulnerability assessments to identify exploitable weaknesses and take corrective action can reduce the risk of hackers finding your site and attacking it.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.