Instagram hacked by fruit loving spam merchants

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Popular image-and-video-sharing service Instagram has been invaded by pictures of fruit. According to’s Om Malik, on Saturday Instagram experienced a surge in users posting pictures of fruit, talking about a wonder diet and linking to a fake page advertising some sort of healthy coffee. The fruity spam posts were apparently the result of spammers compromising individual Instagram accounts, and posting on behalf of unsuspecting users.

Here is an example of the dodgy posts going around:

Instagram Spam Example


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Deon du Plessis

Deon du Plessis

Deon got his first taste of PC gaming at the tender age of 11 when his father bought an 8088 XT, ostensibly to "help him with his homework". Instead, it introduced him to Leisure Suit Larry, King Graham, Sonny Bonds and many more, and Deon has been a PC gamer and hardware enthusiast ever since. He landed his first professional writing gig in 2006 at a prestigious local PC magazine, a very happy happenstance as he got to write for a living about things he loves - tech, PCs, gaming, and everything in between. He's been writing about it all ever since, and loves every minute of it.