Pinterest hacked with buttocks pics: Spam-butt suspected?

It seems that more than one Pinterest account was accosted by pictures of female rear ends and diet spam.

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read

She was bummed. Hermione Way/Twitter screenshot by CNET

I know that some people have a deep need to post their material desires on Pinterest.

Some of these people also have a deep need to possess the perfect bottom.

The two starry passions may have collided Thursday when some Pinterest accounts were flooded with images of perfect rear-ends and what appeared to be diet spam -- which is not a new delicacy being product-tested in Hawaii.

TechCrunch co-editor Alexia Tsotsis noticed that hers was one account that had suddenly been rear-ended.

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She tweeted in deep distress: "Dear @Pinterest my accounts been hacked with someone posting hundreds of butt pictures all over my boards-security??!"

That's the thing with security. It's when you call that it always seems to disappear.

I have butt-dialed Pinterest to ask what might be going on and how many accounts might have been affected. I was told: "We're looking into this."

I was not told: "We're bummed about this."

Could this apparently base activity be the work of especially callous bums? Might these miscreants have a bottomless desire for distress?

We will update when we hear more.

Update, 9:03 a.m. PT: A Pinterest spokeswoman told me that not too many accounts were affected. She added: "Our systems were alerted to some incidents of spam earlier yesterday evening. We began working on cleaning up and placing the accounts in safe mode immediately. The accounts have since been secured. As a precaution, Pinners should use unique and strong passwords, and can get more information in our Help Center."