TripAdvisor email list hacked, passwords secure

March 24, 2011
TripAdvisor said Thursday that hackers had stolen a portion of the online travel site's email list and warned members of the possibility of receiving junk mail messages. "This past weekend we discovered that an unauthorized third party had stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list," co-founder and chief executive Steve Kaufer, pictured in 2010, said in a message to members.

TripAdvisor said Thursday that hackers had stolen a portion of the online travel site's email list and warned members of the possibility of receiving junk mail messages.

"This past weekend we discovered that an unauthorized third party had stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list," co-founder and chief executive Steve Kaufer said in a message to members.

"We've confirmed the source of the vulnerability and shut it down," Kaufer said.

"Only a portion of all member email addresses were taken, and all member passwords remain secure," he said, adding that members may receive unsolicited emails, or , following the break-in.

"Unfortunately, this sort of data theft is becoming more common across many industries, and we take it extremely seriously," Kaufer said. The company has taken it up with , he said.

In a statement on the TripAdvisor website, TripAdvisor said it was taking additional security precautions to prevent another incident in the future.

, an Expedia brand, provides reviews and advice on hotels, flights, vacation packages and other services.

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neelabhrai
not rated yet Mar 24, 2011
It is really becoming a threat of having such an email harvesting cases. But the more important issue remains still unanswered is whether the hackers were able to extract only email addresses or also the other personally identifiable informations too? I was expecting this answer too from the Physorg or TripAdvisor!

It is a better part that now the companies are coming in open and disclosing the breach cases which was not a scenario few months back (if not years!). But just informing the subscribers isn't their responsibility. Hope TripAdvisor will make sure that in future such accidents can't take place.

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Neelabh Rai
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buaccea
not rated yet Apr 24, 2011
does tripadvisor not safe ?do I trust it?

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