Several users have reported that their Pinterest accounts on Friday were flooded with spam posts related to weight loss ads. According to reports, hackers are sending butt pics across the users in social network, claiming that a friend or a popular personality has shared a link. Clicking on the image could compromise user information to the hackers.
While Pinterest has grown to more than 70 million users, the network is more susceptible to attack. The Better Business Bureau has recently sent out a scam alert, warning users to be careful about content that seems to be out of the context.
On the other hand, hackers are said to be accessing accounts in various ways such as through a third-party app and malicious code. For example, ones that automatically posts your pins on Twitter or by introducing malicious code in the “Pin This” widget on other sites. To ensure that your account is safe, report suspicious pins and check destination links before you pin something.
As per Pinterest, not too many accounts were affected and the systems were alerted to some incidents of spam earlier. The company has started working on cleaning up and placing the accounts in safe mode right away. The accounts have been secured and as a safety measure, users should use strong and passwords for their accounts.