Bogus “Pinterest tool” is actually a password-thieving Trojan


A phishing scam disguised as an item on your pinboard has landed on Pinterest, and could be thieving the usernames and passwords of unsuspecting pinners.

The scheme comes in the form of a pin, which, when clicked, redirects the user to a third-party site that asks you to download a “Pinterest tool.” Instead, the user downloads a browser plugin that reads the user’s password info for various websites.

Janne Ahlberg, an Internet security expert who frequently tests websites on his blog, analyzed the code for the “Pinterest Tool” and found it to be malware—specifically, an iteration of a known Trojan virus. According to Ahlberg and the F-Secure website, an Internet security testing site, the Trojan is designed to intercept “possible user name and password from visited websites and [send] them to the attacker’s…

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