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Beware fruit-bearing Instagrams

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An example of the recent fruit-themed spam attack that hit Instagram. Image source: The Next Web

Instagram is no stranger to food photography but a recent rash of fruit images isn't all that it appears to be. Click on the wrong fruit image and you may see a message and link allegedly from BBC to its readers stating: "Tropical Fruit burns 17 pounds in 22 days." 

CNET received the following response from an Instagram rep about the attack yesterday:

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.

Some Instagrammers have reported receiving a message from Instagram to change their password.

However, bit.ly posted some statistics, along with the messages that have been spamming fruit lovers, indicating that as of Sunday night, June 30th, more than 35,000 clicks were spam, most of which were based in the United States. While, statistically, 35,000 + may be a small percentage of Instagram's 130 million users, this is probably the largest spam attach on Instagram to date.

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