No Butts About It, Some Pinterest Users Have Been Hacked

The logo of mobile app 'Pinterest' is displayed on a tablet on January 2, 2014 in Paris.  AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE
The logo of mobile app 'Pinterest' is displayed on a tablet on January 2, 2014 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / LIONEL BONAVENTURE (Photo credit should read LIONEL BONAVENTURE/AFP/Getty Images)

Pinterest users should be aware of a recent hack that will fill up boards with several weight loss ads that are almost exclusively images of women’s butts.

TechCrunch's Catherine Shu first reported on the scam and said her co-editor Hermione Way noticed her account had been overtaken by several booty pics.

Several other people were apparently affected as well.

“Our systems were alerted to some incidents of spam yesterday evening. These reports did not come in at a large scale. We began working on cleaning up and placing the accounts in safe mode immediately. The accounts have since been secured,” a Pinterest representative told The Huffington Post.

A rep told the Daily Mail that users have the power to remove the photos on their own at any time. Pinterest has also urged users to change their passwords as a precaution.

“When we see that compromised e-mail credentials are being used to attempt 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," told HuffPost.

It seems Pinterest's popularity has made the site an increasingly larger target for hackers. As TechCrunch points out, earlier this month the Better Business Bureau issued a scam alert to warn users of the various ways in which hackers can infiltrate Pinterest users' personal accounts.

However, these sorts of hacks have been making headlines for several years. In 2012, the New York Times reported that security software maker McAfee discovered several money-making scams aimed at Pinterest users. A number of other incidents were also discovered that year.

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