Pinterest users targeted with fake ad-pushing app
Posted on 20.09.2012
Pinterest, the extremely popular pinboard-style social photo sharing website, has launched official apps for Android, iPad and iPhone back in April, but that hasn't stopped scammers and ad-pushers from pushing out some of their own.

GFI researchers have recently spotted an app aimed at PC users called "Pin Photo Zoom" that supposedly helps Pinterest users zoom in on images:


Unfortunately, it doesn't deliver on the promise - at all. What it does is install a program designed to inject ads on websites users visit and video ads on YouTube that appear before the videos the users want to see.

According to the researchers, the website from which the app can be downloaded is located on a domain hosted on a IP range harboring other malicious sites.

"The privacy page URL specified in their EULA page leads to a dead page," they point out, and add that the Pin Photo Zoom app apparently has a second site called pinterestphotozoom.com.

"Its content is exactly the same as the content of widdit.com. Widdit claims to be a toolbar, add-on, or Android app."

As always, users are advised to download apps from legitimate online marketplaces, and to check carefully what permissions they require.






Spotlight

Operation Pawn Storm: Varied targets and attack vectors, next-level spear-phishing tactics

Posted on 23 October 2014.  |  Targets of the spear phishing emails included staff at the Ministry of Defense in France, in the Vatican Embassy in Iraq, military officials from a number of countries, and more.


Weekly newsletter

Reading our newsletter every Monday will keep you up-to-date with security news.
  



Daily digest

Receive a daily digest of the latest security news.
  

DON'T
MISS

Fri, Oct 24th
    COPYRIGHT 1998-2014 BY HELP NET SECURITY.   // READ OUR PRIVACY POLICY // ABOUT US // ADVERTISE //