It all started when that clicking the images led to a bogus BBC News site that showed a “Tropical Fruit Burns 17 Pounds in 22 Days. Exclusive Offer for Readers” headline. The link generated more than 35,000 clicks from U.S., UK, Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Sweden, Philippines, Norway and some 90 countries on June 29 between 10 to 11pm with more than 27,000 hits.
According to a spokesperson from Facebook, the mother company of Instagram, some of their users encountered a spam incident involving posting of unwanted photos from their accounts but the security and spam team took quick actions against the same and sent notifications to affected users to reset their passwords. Bit.ly, the URL shortening service used for some of the fruit images that hit Instagram, had also issued a warning page informing users about the malicious link.
The talk about the Instagram’s fruit-themed spam was spread everywhere including Twitter where some tweets mentioned about the same. However, Instagram, the famous photo-sharing and video-sharing network used by 130 million users every month, is hardly going to get affected by any such spam.