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Spammers Invade Pinterest-Era Social Media to Sidestep E-Mail

For 10 days, jewelry maker Michelle Espinoza thought a single photo on the social website Pinterest was going to ruin her business.

It was an image of one of the pearl cuff bracelets she designs and sells, nestled among snapshots of other coveted items that users display on Pinterest, a virtual bulletin board. Yet anybody who clicked on the picture could end up unwittingly watching pornography or downloading a virus.