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Et tu, Tumblr?
By: Jessica Cherok
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Last week it was Flickr. Before that, Twitter. Now Tumblr has its own security breach. According to Tumblr, the data exposed is pretty minimal — the subject lines and perhaps the email addresses of messages sent to Tumblr Support.

That does sound fairly benign, right? Maybe.

Surely there are some people out there who may not want their personal email associated with their Tumblr blog. And while these individuals are likely in the minority overall, there are certainly a lot of us who wouldn’t want our email addresses to end up being available to persons without our permission.

Tumblr sent emails to users whose accounts may have been affected. The email asked users to consider the following points:
  • The subject lines of your emails to Tumblr Support may have included the address of your blog, which could potentially allow your blog to be unwillingly associated with your email address.
  • Any other information included in the subject lines of emails you’ve sent to Tumblr Support may be exposed. We recommend you review any correspondence you've addressed to support@tumblr.com, abuse@tumblr.com, dmca@tumblr.com, legal@tumblr.com, enquiries@tumblr.com, or lawenforcement@tumblr.com.
  • Tumblr will never ask you for your password by email. Emails are easy to fake, and you should be suspicious of unexpected emails you receive.
So, if you remember sending some scandalous subject lines to Tumblr Support that you should be concerned about, or receive an email asking for your password, make sure to get in touch with Tumblr to address the concerns.

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Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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