Pinterest warning after adventure brand hacked, saucy pictures posted with links to weird UFO video
The poor folk at UrbanAdventures have admitted that the company’s Pinterest profile was attacked last week – and looking at its main page on the site it could hard to see where on first inspection.
It turns out that tucked away at the foot of its board was a new album, not created by the UA team, full of scantily clad ladies in various poses.
Such attacks are increasing, it would appear judging by the chatter on Twitter recently.
But, bizarrely, rather than sending out visitors to some dodgy porn site, UA’s hackers linked the pictures off to a Portuguese YouTube about UFOs.
The clip, incidentally, has had some 800,000 views. So, as general manager Tony Carne says, “their [hackers] strategy is obviously working if getting a big view count is the objective”.
Given the subtlety in which the content has been added, Carne adds: “Probably worth everyone having a look at their account to make sure all is in order.”
Unless UFOs and semi-naked ladies are your thing, of course.
Kevin May is a senior editor and one of the co-founders at Tnooz. He was previously editor of UK-based magazine Travolution and web editor of Media Week UK from 2003 to 2005.
He has worked in regional newspapers (Essex Enquirer) and started his career in journalism at the Police Gazette at New Scotland Yard in London. He has a degree in criminology, a postgraduate diploma in magazine journalism and will be publishing his first book - a biography about electronic band, Depeche Mode - soon.