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Pinterest Hacked for Second Time in Four Months

Users advised to choose passwords carefully

Pinterest was hacked on Sunday when many Pinners’ feeds were spammed by posts and pins about weight loss.

Messages flooding the website advertised “an Asian fruit that burns fat for you,” while other posts hinted at a secret substance that accelerates weight loss.

The spam also spread to Twitter—as Pinners can logon via third-party sites, including Twitter—where hacked accounts drew more attention to the magic, fat-burning fruit.

As Pinterest’s popularity has risen, so has hackers’ and scammers’ desire to exploit the picture sharing website: the spamming marks Pinterest’s second hacking within four months. In March, body pictures flaunting weight loss began appearing on Pinterest, which was suspected to be a result of malicious “Pin This” widgets on other sites and third-party apps with security holes.

“We’re constantly working on ways to keep Pinners safe through reactive and proactive steps, as well as educating them on the importance of using complex and unique passwords,” a Pinterest spokeswoman told The Next Web.

TweetDeck, Twitter’s dashboard application, was hacked on June 11 as a result of a security vulnerability.

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