The messages that make the rounds on Instagram show pictures of fruit. The pictures are accompanied by a bogus BBC News message which promotes an “exclusive offer” for a fruit diet.
In some cases, the spammers continue to trick users by claiming that the diet has been recommended by Dr. Oz.
Unfortunately, the Instagram spam run appears to be highly successful. One of the links has been clicked more than 35,000 times already.
“Earlier today a small portion of our users experienced a spam incident where unwanted photos were posted from their accounts. Our security and spam team quickly took actions to secure the accounts involved, and the posted photos are being deleted,”
Facebook, which owns Instagram, has told Gigaom.Instagram has started resetting the passwords of the impacted users.
Security expert Janne Ahlberg has been closely monitoring the evolution of the miracle diet spam campaign. Over the weekend, he reported that spam messages were spotted not only on Twitter, but on Facebook, Tumblr and Pinterest as well.