TripAdvisor: Email Addresses Stolen in Data Breach

Users of TripAdvisor may soon be on the receiving end of more email spam. The travel site informed customers by email yesterday that someone had breached its network and stolen email addresses of members.

"We discovered that an unauthorized third party has recently stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list," TripAdvisor wrote on their FAQ page. "We're taking this incident very seriously. We've identified the vulnerability, shut it down and are vigorously pursuing the matter with law enforcement. We sincerely apologize for this inconvenience."

TripAdvisor has not disclosed how many email addresses were stolen but said it was "only a portion of all member e-mail addresses."

In the email sent out, Steve Kaufer, co-founder and chief executive, assured members that passwords remained secure, and the site does not collect any financial information nor sell or rent its member list.

TripAdvisor have said they are still investigating the incident and could not say when it had taken place.

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