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Old Mar 24, 11, 6:21 pm
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Received this morning at 8:50am ET from TripAdvisor:

To our travel community:

This past weekend we discovered that an unauthorized third party had stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list. We've confirmed the source of the vulnerability and shut it down. We're taking this incident very seriously and are actively pursuing the matter with law enforcement.

How will this affect you? In many cases, it won't. Only a portion of all member email addresses were taken, and all member passwords remain secure. You may receive some unsolicited emails (spam) as a result of this incident.

The reason we are going directly to you with this news is that we think it's the right thing to do. As a TripAdvisor member, I would want to know. Unfortunately, this sort of data theft is becoming more common across many industries, and we take it extremely seriously.

I'd also like to reassure you that TripAdvisor does not collect members' credit card or financial information, and we never sell or rent our member list.

We will continue to take all appropriate measures to keep your personal information secure at TripAdvisor. I sincerely apologize for this incident and appreciate your membership in our travel community.

Steve Kaufer
Co-founder and CEO
The second reason for bringing this here is that the same person/team might be interested in this travel social network. (OK, the first is what you're thinking: It could happen to any social network.)
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Old Mar 25, 11, 1:32 pm
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Obviously, no network is guaranteed to be secure. However, we take security as a top priority here at Flyertalk. We take very aggressive precautions to ensure that user's data is secure.
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