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Signs Your Pinterest is Hacked

This isn’t the first time hacking has happened on the social media megasite but it is the first time it’s hit so close to my own boards.  I started noticing an influx of pyramid schemes being posted in the past few weeks and although I found the marketing distasteful I didn’t realize the full extent of was happening until today when I saw the pin pop up in two unlikely places.  One was from my sisters account who hasn’t used Pinterest in months.  That was when the light bulb finally went off and I realized it wasn’t just sneaky spam but hacking.

This post was from one of the earlier hacks in March but do you notice the note he added to the top?  Click on the picture to read the entire post.

Signs you’ve been hacked

  • Boards are appearing you didn’t make
  • Even after you delete links (whether it is to a fake money making scheme or not) they reappear
  • *New* Your Pinterest is spamming your Twitter & Facebook. 1

What you can do

  • Delete the pin & board
  • Change your password
  • Contact Pinterest
  • If you see it in your stream you can report it as spam 2
  • Check your boards often since some are saying they keep reappearing
  • BeCAREful when repinning
    • Check the original source to find out what really is being pinned

Here’s an example of one woman’s Pinterest and how quickly it spreads!

I haven’t seen anything on Pinterest’s blog but I’ll post an update if they do.  Otherwise Happy Pinning!

  1. Read more about September Spam/Phishing attacks here.
  2.  The funny thing is I tried to pin something from Pinterest’s support on how to report spam- which is very easy just look to the right of the pin and click report pin but I couldn’t pin the page! :)

50 Responses to Signs Your Pinterest is Hacked

  1. [...] Blogger C McKane has a blog post with some tips on what to do if you account has been hacked. [...]

  2. Tina says:

    Wow! Thanks for sharing – I’m so new to social media I would not have known what to look for.

    Stopping by from SITS – see you around!
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  3. This is so interesting, thanks for sharing!! I hadn’t heard of this until I saw the pin just now.

    It makes me think of some of the followers I’ve gotten over the last several months. They all have a cute girl in the pic, lots of boards (like more than normal people) with maybe one pin in each board. I’ve often wondered what the use of a fake Pinterest account would serve, but maybe it’s related to this??

    Thanks again!!! :)
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  5. My pinterest account was hacked a few weeks ago. Someone created a board about making money from home. The typical spam topic thousands of people get. This has also happened on facebook but luckily it’s only happened to me twice and not nearly as often as some of my friends.

    • Chit says:

      Oh no B! I know a lot of people are having a rough time. Getting the boards and pins over and over. If you keep noticing it even after changing your password submit a ticket to Pinterest (link above)and hopefully they’ll be able to stop it!
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  6. Jean L says:

    Good grief. I hadn’t even considered pinterest as a spam or hack possibility. Sigh.
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  7. Sandy says:

    Thanks for sharing!
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  8. Wow, thanks I didn’t know about this.
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  9. Kristin says:

    Yep, I was hacked about two weeks ago…the first thing I noticed was a new board, with a random pin on it. I’m on there constantly, so I knew it wasn’t me, but I thought it was a glitch, so I just deleted it. When it happened again, either later or the next day, I realized it was a hack, so I changed my info, then deleted the spam. So far, so good. :)
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  10. This is so not cool! Please keep us updated.
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  11. Summer says:

    Wow, Had never thought about my pintrest getting hacked. Great post!! Now off to check my pintrest account

  12. Adrian says:

    Laura – I had the same thing happen to me. I kept getting new followers with all these dozens of different boards and just one or two pins per board. I thought they were just newbies who didn’t understand how it worked, but now I think it was some kind of a spam plan. I used to follow just about anyone who followed me, but lately, I’ve only been following Facebook friends or people I recognize. Weird!
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  13. Tanya says:

    Thanks for the information. I guess I’ll have to be on the lookout.

  14. Charlotte says:

    So crazy! And I really LIKE pinterest. Granted, I haven’t used it in a while because it’s such a huge time-suck for me (seriously, once I start, I CAN’T STOP!) but this is really helpful info to keep in mind.

    Following you via SITS!

  15. Jasmine says:

    Yes unfortunately this did happen to me last week. Notice some garbage that posted to my facebook page via my pinterest page. I went to my Pinterest page and saw a whole new folder with some crap. Deleted it immediately. Now I just have to pin about 4 things so it doesn’t show up on my facebook page.

  16. Regina says:

    Wow, that’s crazy…some people just need to get a life. Thanks for sharing….happy SITS>
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  17. Tracie says:

    I woke up this morning to an email notification that people had liked a pin, and when I looked at it, it was something I most definitely had not pinned. It was a spammy “msnbc tells you how to work from home, and make a ton of money” pin, and it had been put on two new boards created specifically for that pin.

    I remembered having seen the link to your post on SITS this week, and clicked over to see what you wrote. Thanks for this! I deleted the pins/board, and changed my password. Hopefully this will be the end of it.
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  18. Penelope says:

    I was hacked for the second time…the first was what was described above. This week I was made to follow dozens of fake accounts with millions of followers (so someone is selling followers and hacking our accounts to follow those fake accounts)…very frustrating.
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  19. Haben says:

    Ah so maybe that is what was going on with my pinterest. I was hacked!? All I know is that all of a sudden I was following like 80 I didn’t even know. Really people you have nothing better to do than hack Pinterest??? That is just sad!

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  21. Great post thank you so much!! :)
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  22. Deana says:

    This has started to happen me since yesterday :(

    I’ve changed my email and password on the account, hope that gets rid of it.
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  33. Allison says:

    I just found out yesterday. I open my phone app & tried to pin something. It said my account was in safe mode. It was saying it was secure in case of spammers. I thought to myself, “I’m not a spammer… what’s going on. I open up my recent pins & see a new board for earning money at home… I never pinned that. So I tried to delete it. It said account in safe mode. It wouldn’t let me delete it. I logged out of Pinterest to see if logging back in would help. Now I can’t log back in. Worse yet, it’s connected to my Facebook. Is there anything I can do to fix this if I can’t even log into my Pinterestaccount?

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