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Spam campaign targets Pinterest site

Sophos : 05 April, 2012  (Technical Article)
Social networking site becomes flooded with spam posts linking to suspicious external web site
Spam campaign targets Pinterest site
Sophos is warning fans of popular new social networking site 'Pinterest' to be cautious, following the discovery of a spam campaign for weight loss products.  The Pinterest website is being flooded with posts promoting the Acai Berry diet.  The posts claim that the product is sponsored by Pinterest, and is attached to random images - followed by a link to an external website.

At this time it is not clear whether the accounts of Pinterest users have been compromised by spammers, or whether the accounts have intentionally been set up by spammers to distribute unwanted advertising messages.

"Unless Pinterest gets serious about preventing spammers from abusing its systems, the problem is just going to get bigger and bigger," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos.  "We've seen similar Acai Berry websites promoted multiple times in the past by spammers, who earn commission from driving traffic in the direction of the fruity dieticians, and this is not likely to be the last."

"If Pinterest continues to grow, more spammers will be tempted to exploit the website's userbase.  Users of Pinterest would be wise to take care over their accounts, and think carefully about what they 'repin' and what links they click on.  As with any social media website, users need to have a critical eye and not be fooled by simple spam traps," concluded Cluley.
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