Update 7/19: The article below is still relevant, and you should check out the comments for ongoing discussion, but I have another update about Pinterest locking accounts along with an official Pinterest hacking survey that all users who had their accounts hacked should complete.
Updated 7/8: Based on user experiences, if you have been hacked, the first thing you should do is change your Pinterest password. This worked for at least one of the Pinterest users who posted in our comments.
It is unclear how hackers are getting access to Pinterest accounts, but in the last three days there has been a number of signs that hacking is again becoming a problem on Pinterest.
Traffic to my post on the March hacking of Pinterest has increased considerably starting on July 5th, and you can find a number of people on Twitter complaining about being hacked.
A blogger for the Identify Theft Resource Center posted a hacking experience. This person believes the issues
might have started on Facebook.
Just now I happened to come across a Facebook post about how to make a very cool iPad case using wallpaper so I thought I would go ahead and pin it so I could check it out later. This is when the trouble began.
I have several different “boards” on my Pinterest to organize what I find online, but the board to which this particular link wanted to post to was called “Make Money Online”. Fairly certain that I had not created that board, I logged into the site and found that several boards had been created and items had been pinned to them. The pinned items, when clicked on, would lead someone to either an online job scam or a malware download.
Since I first published this article, two people shared their experiences in the comments, and neither of them believe that they got hacked by clicking something in Facebook.
Pinterest users have also been commenting on some of these hacked pins trying to figure out the issue. A sample of the comments include:
I have been deleting these. I get at least two a day now!
Glad to see I’m not the only one having this pop up on my account and unwanted at that! I’ve reported it every time with no kind of feedback! Every day it reappears under some other board that I didn’t create!
Blogger C McKane has a blog post with some tips on what to do if you account has been hacked.
I included some of the images the hackers have been using at the top of this post. Definitely don’t click on any pin that has these images in it.
If you account has been hacked, please share your story in the comments. If you have a guess as to why the hack might of happen, please post the details so others can avoid this issue.
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