Just before CCI San Diego kicked off, we reported on a possible security breach at Travel Planners, the company that handles hotel bookings for Comic-Con. Although TP denied the problem, there is quite a bit of anecdotal evidence that suggests that credit cards that were used to book rooms in 2008 may have been hacked, as several people have reported foreign travel being booked on the credit cards they used to book their hotels for the ’08 con.

Since then, we’ve received another email from a reputable source pointing out two stories about how hosting company Network Solutions servers had been hacked.

Is this in any way related to the Travel Planners mystery? A whois search reveals that TP is listed under Network Solutions.

However, a TP spokesperson contacted by our correspondent said that TP is not hosted by Network Solutions but by IBM.

Please note, we didn’t contact TP ourselves, so you can make of this what you will. Apparently, the matter is still being investigated. Now that Comic-con is over, perhaps someone can figure out just what is going on here.


  1. I doubt there’s a connection. Even if Network Solutions hosted Travel Planners’ actual servers (not just their domain info), not even NetSol is incompetent enough to mingle their clients’ business data with their own business data (which is what they allowed to get stolen).

  2. According to the TG Daily article, Network Solutions was providing E-commerce services for online stores. The online customers who used those stores are the ones potentially at risk:

    This means that 573,928 people across the US who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the Herndon company could be effected.

    More than 4,343 of its nearly 10,000 e-commerce merchant customers were told about the hack. It affects 573,928 cardholders whose name, address, and credit card number were exposed between March 12 and June 8.

  3. I think Network Solutions is only who they register their domain with. I think most websites do. Either them or GoDaddy. If you look-up their IP address,, it shows that it indeed points to IBM Commercial.

    I highly doubt that they were hacked into. Most likely it was someone working for them that physically got hold of the CC numbers. The fact that most of the fraud seems to be travel related seems to me to point to this.

  4. After I posted about my card number getting stolen in the last thread, I actually got a call from Travel Planners. They tracked me down and apologized for the problems I had, but reiterated that their system wasn’t hacked. They asked me to give them more info regarding the circumstances of the stolen number, and I asked them to email me and I would email them back. Never got an email, but I’m impressed that they went to the trouble of calling me about it. Plus, seeing everyone else posting about their card info getting stolen, mine seems to fit a different pattern.

  5. Ok.I went a year ago and you are gonna have to have some major money to really fulfil and enjoy your trip.I would say anywhere between at a minimum $5000-$6000 easily.If you can stay in a hotel surrounding disney you can cut cost but the passes and the food in Disney is really expensive so just have yourself covered and it is possibly gonna be even more because thats not including gas.We paid for 6 people 4 kids and 2 adults $13,000 dollars and that was staying outside of Disney world so unless you can catch a deal then you better be ready to anty up.Julie

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