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Diet spam invades Pinterest

April 24, 2012 3:33pm
Diet spams are quickly invading fast-growing social network Pinterest, where spammers tag prospective victims' names in the images they posted.
Computer security firm Sophos said the Pinterest posts claimed to offer a wonder diet, using images of scantily-clad models in lingerie or swimsuits.
"If you were one of the people who clicked on the link, however, you might find yourself redirected (via a dental website that really shouldn't be allowing anyone to redirect traffic to a third party site) to a bogus news page, promoting alleged diet products," Sophos said in a blog post.
As of Tuesday, Sophos said Pinterest is now blocking the links.
"Traditional email spam may have reduced somewhat in the last year or so, but what we are seeing is a rise in spam exploiting social networks. And relatively young websites like Pinterest are still finding their feet when it comes to securing their users," Sophos said.
But it noted Pinterest may have not yet closed the profile of the spammer, who it said has "pinned" hundreds of other similar posts.
It said it is possible the spammer may soon be posting links not yet blocked by Pinterest, "and users will have yet more spam of which to be wary."
"Is it any wonder that Pinterest spammers claim they can earn $1000 per day?" it said. — TJD, GMA News
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