Pinterest Hit By Weight-Loss Spam Deluge
A massive weight-loss spam attack has hit photo-sharing website Pinterest.
Large numbers of accounts posted "announcements" of their weight-loss across the social network after being compromised.
The spam spree even spilled over onto Twitter.
The messages were varied, with some promoting the virtues of an unnamed "Asian fruit" as the fat-stripping elixir.
Meanwhile others bragged of losing amounts of between 12 and 15 pounds.
Pinterest said the security of its users - known as Pinners - was its "top priority".
A spokesman said: "We were alerted to some instances of spam and responded by immediately placing impacted accounts in safe mode, and reaching out to Pinners as we solved the issue.
"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."
Pinterest launched in March 2010 and its popularity has recently soared.
It is currently valued at more than $5bn (£2.9bn) and has become a target for hackers and spammers.
Last month a spam attack saw Pinterest boards filled with pictures of people's bottoms, which was blamed on security flaws in third-party software.