Pinterest diet spam – is the site doing enough to stop it?

As Pinterest’s popularity increases, so do the reports of spam on the fast-growing photo-sharing network.

A reader reported to use today spam they had received via Pinterest, where the spammer had tagged their name in the message they had posted.

Pinterest diet spam

The Pinterest posts, which claimed to offer a wonder diet, used various images of scantily-clad models lazing about in their lingerie or swimsuits to entice unsuspecting users into clicking.

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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.

Pinterest diet spam

The good news is that Pinterest is now blocking the links..

Pinterest intercepts spam link

..but why haven’t they also closed down the profile of the spammer, who has “pinned” hundreds of other similar posts?

Pinterest spammer

My guess is that it won’t be long before the spammer is posting links which aren’t being blocked by Pinterest, and users will have yet more spam of which to be wary.

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.

Is it any wonder that Pinterest spammers claim they can earn $1000 per day?

(By the way, you can follow Naked Security on Pinterest if you like).

Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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