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News Bytedisclosed on Tuesday evening a security issue on its iOS mobile application that “allowed passwords to be compromised in certain circumstances.” The company released an update to the app, available through the App Store, and urged all iOS users to update their passwords immediately. Outside of saying the password could be “sniffed in certain versions of the app,” Tumblr staff did not give further details on the nature of the security flaw.
News Byteannounced on Thursday morning that it had officially closed its acquisition of Tumblr, the massive blogging network with more than 110 million registered users. Yahoo reiterated that Tumblr will continue to operate as a separate, standalone business led by current CEO David Karp.
News Byteclaimed responsibility. Users who click on infected Tumblr sites are spammed with a flood of racist messages. At approximately 10:27 am PT, a Tumblr spokeswoman told AllThingsD: “Tumblr engineers have resolved the issue of the viral post attack that affected a few thousand Tumblr blogs earlier today. Thank you for your patience.”