Recently I stumbled upon pinhout.com. Look familiar?
|Pinhout.com looks awfully familiar to...|
It looks like a Turkish copy of Pinterest, a growing social network to share web content.
|.. Pinterest (home page).|
I was wondering if this site is a Phishing site, a clone, or an official site from Pinterest. Whois records show that the domain has been registered by a Turkish Individual:
Registrant Contact Details: Pinhout Berat Yas (firstname.lastname@example.org) Ankara Ankara Alt?nda?,06000 TR Tel. +90.0533488xxxx
The website is hosted on 126.96.36.199. This IP hosts several other domains registered by different individuals. Pinhout.com is not the default domain for this IP either (see http://188.8.131.52/). All of this tells is that this is definitely not an official localized version of Pinterest.
However, the site does not look like a Phishing site either. It is fully functional and phishing sites usually clone one or two pages only. The site can be browsed without having to login. I've tried to sign up with a Facebook test account, but the signup failed.
Then what is it?
The site could be used to harvest e-mail addresses, Facebook and Twitter accounts (both can be used to sign up), but that does not seem to be the case here. At least not yet...
This is either a dormant phishing/spam site, or most likely an unsanctioned clone of Pinterest by a bored programmer.