Some User Accounts Taken Over by Spammers Pushing Weight Loss SolutionsPinterest has been overloaded with butts lately.
Some users of the visual social network recently discovered their accounts had not only been hacked, but used by spammers to fill their boards with pictures of female posteriors.
The spammers apparently accessed accounts by tricking victims into clicking on ‘Pin This’ widgets on websites.
Most of the rump shots were spammers pushing diet pills and other weight loss solutions.
Pinterest has since taken care of the problem.
In a statement to the media, the social network said although it received some reports it was not a “large scale” problem.
“We began working on cleaning up and placing the accounts in safe mode immediately,” Pinterest’s said in its statement. “The accounts have since been secured. We work hard to protect the security of Pinners. As part of that effort, when we see that compromised e-mail credentials are being used in an attempt to gain access to Pinterest accounts, we immediately notify the at-risk Pinner and remind them to reset their password. The best precaution is to use a strong and unique password that is not used on other sites.”
Pinterest urged all of those who were affected by the bum hack to change their passwords immediately.
Twitter has also had a lot of butts in its feed as members lamented or joked about the problem on Pinterest. One Pinterest user tweeted that her account had become overrun by rear-ends. “Dear @Pinterest my accounts been hacked with someone posting hundreds of butt pictures all over my boards-security??!”
Of course there were lots of tweets, mostly from men, either thanking the spammers for replacing arts and crafts photos with something they really wanted to see, or cracking jokes about all of the butts popping up.