Interview with a Pinterest spammer, earning $1000 a day

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A spammer, who claims to earn $1000 a day by automatically posting affiliate links onto Pinterest from thousands of bot accounts, has given an interview describing his operation.

The spammer, who claims to be a 24-year-old named “Steve”, told The Daily Dot how his affiliate links lead back to an Amazon account by the name of “final-fantas07”.

Steve the spammer is keen to point out that he doesn’t point Pinterest users towards scams or malware, but he is posting pictures that – if users click on them and subsequently buy the products from Amazon – earn him commission.

Nope, I have no guilt. I’m not trying to scam anyone, or upload viruses to their computer or anything like that. I simply show products to the Pinterest community. I realize that I’m spamming the crap out of the site, but its nothing personal, just…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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