Clever Pinterest Virus — A First For The Booming Image Site?
I’ve been very lucky as far as online viruses go and I never expected a Pinterest virus to surprise me. I had some problem with Hotmail once and I’ve also had some problems with malware, adware and spyware back in the PC days. But I seemed to have caught a bug messing with me on Pinterest of all sites.
When you pin something on your board, you can always edit it (as you can see on the non-infected image below).
But I clicked an ugly ad. I clicked it because I wanted to know who would be repinning such a pointless item to their board. And – boom! – suddenly it ended up on one of my boards as well. Stupid, I know. I’m usually very smart about these things, but this once they got the better of me.
But this is very tricky; when I wanted to remove it, the edit button was somehow gone. Annoying, but pretty clever.
I don’t know if this is the first Pinterest virus and I don’t know how it works. Did it lure me away from the site and fooled me to click on a replica page outside of Pinterest? If so, pretty well done indeed.
Please feel free to add some links to more info in the comments if you find some answers!