Pinterest Scam Toolkits for All Levels

Thursday, May 17, 2012 @ 11:05 AM gHale

Social networking site Pinterest is gaining big momentum throughout the world, which makes it a prime target for cyber thieves.

But you don’t have to be an expert attacker to enjoy the opportunities the site gives to those looking to make a quick buck because Pinterest scam toolkits are now available for sale at all levels of expertise.

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“We have found that there are already lots of ready-to-use tools that make it easy for anyone to start Pinterest scams without much difficulty or technical skill,” said Hardik Shah from security software provider McAfee. “These tools are so easy that many require only the attacker or scammer to change a couple of lines of code in the available kit. They can literally start a new Pinterest scam within minutes.”

Usually sold on underground forums, these toolkits contain a number of helpful tools to get started.

All actions needed to scam users are in the toolbox and come automated. Everything needed to scam is in the package from creating Pinterest invites and mass comments on posts, mass creation of links to scraping Amazon for products based on given keywords and then submitting them to Pinterest.

Pinterest scams usually work by luring people in with offers of free gift cards, and the offered links land them either on sites hosting survey scams, on Amazon or other sites (which results in the scammers earning money by referral), or lead them to premium rate Trojans (if the Pinterest visitor uses a mobile device to visit the site).

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