This morning I noticed an odd pin for diet pills on my wife’s Pinterest board. It was clearly a high paying affiliate offer so I let her know that I thought it was weird she posted that (she’s more savvy than that). She quickly said she hadn’t so we went back to Pinterest to investigate and while she hadn’t, something had, and now it had hit me too (along with many others you can see complaining on Twitter 1, 2, 3). Seems like Pinterest has been hacked! More details below.
Here’s what was automatically pinned to my board:
Here’s another sample from someone else’s Pinterest boards:
I’m not a fluent hacker so I’m not sure exactly how it is being done but it appears to be coming from Facebook-goodies.com.
If this has happend to you, I’d recommend deleting the offending pin, clearing all browser caches then reset your Pinterest password. Also, if you’ve had this happen to you let me know in the comments.