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Be Aware of Breach to RYA's Site

Letter to the Editor: RYA wants to make community aware of unauthorized activity.

 My name is Michael Napolitano. My son has played sports as a part of Reston Youth Association “RYA” the past four years.  I wanted to write this letter to discuss some changes happening at RYA.

On Jan. 18, 2012, myself and several other parents were elected to the RYA Board of Directors after we noticed behaviors and actions that caused us concern.  It started with the actions at the beginning of the year of now former board members working outside of RYA governance and approval to start a new flag football league under a different name. 

These actions and subsequent email communication to RYA families about the new league was not authorized by RYA.  This communication caused some families to sign up for flag football under this new entity.   

Reston Youth Association is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization and the actions and underlying goals of the former members was against the mission of RYA.

In addition, on Jan.19, 2012, Reston Youth Association, Inc. experienced a breach of its website and database by an unauthorized person(s).  The personal information provided to us by members in connection with flag and/or tackle registrations may have been exported by the unauthorized person(s).

 The compromised information includes, to the extent that it was provided to us, names, addresses (city, state, zip), email addresses, phone numbers, genders, and dates of birth.  No financial information, including credit cards or social security numbers, was involved in this incident as our registration payment options are handled through a merchant account that is not stored on our website.  The compromise of the website also resulted in the deletion of database.

We are in the process of contacting the proper authorities and measures have been taken to ensure that this does not occur again.

The new board has been working non-stop for to rebuild the website, accumulate as many old contacts as possible and set up the registration and payment process to restart our flag football season.  This communication is part of that effort to reach out to those effected.  It is exhausting but obviously important work if we are going to move RYA forward as a family-centered, all volunteer, non-profit organization. Thankfully the newly elected board is united in these goals!

I encourage you to go the www.restonseahawks.org to learn more.

Thank you for your time.

Michael Napolitano 

Reston Youth Associtation Board Member

TBC February 03, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Flag Football registration has been very confusing. Emails were sent out that said it WAS the same as it had been in the past. Those of us who are new to the Reston league had no idea and have possibly signed up for the wrong league. I am pretty upset and hope that my son can play and that it will be resolved. I would like to keep our kids involved in Reston sports and not have to go back to Cascades. Keep it local. Thanks for letting us know what is happening and I hope it gets resolved soon!
Mike February 09, 2012 at 04:46 PM
TBC, agree that things were confusing and that is why RYA moved forward with the changes mentioned above. RYA and www.restonseahawks.org is the league that has run tackle and flag football since its inception and the other league is new. The new league has been issuing refunds from what I've heard, so I would suggest contacting them to get your money back. I am hopeful you will remain with Reston sports since there are many strong programs out there!
Margaret Perry February 11, 2012 at 10:43 PM
I was one of those families that signed up under the "new" organization. It was all very confusing. I have debated changing, but your website doesn't say where your practices will be held. Any chance you all want to share that information? When I tried to email, it bounced as a bad address. Thanks. I wish you had gotten your info out sooner.
Mike February 12, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Margaret, RYA Flag will continue to practice and have games at Langston Hughes Middle School. I will make sure the site is updated with that information. I will also have them check the email address. We tried to get the information out as soon as possible given the board changes and issues we ran into and appreciate your understanding.

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