A total of 134,386 current and former sailors in the US Navy have been warned that sensitive information including their social security numbers was put at risk after a laptop containing the information was ‘compromised’.
The Navy has acknowledged the breach and said it was made aware of the incident after being notified that a laptop belonging to an employee of Navy contractor Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) was compromised by hackers.
The breach has seen the names and social security numbers of 134,386 current and former sailors accessed by as-yet unknown persons, the Navy said, adding that there is no evidence that the data has been misused in any way.
"The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously- this is a matter of trust for our Sailors," said Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke.
"We are in the early stages of investigating and are working quickly to identify and take care of those affected by this breach."
The Navy said it will be notifying the affected sailors by phone, email and by mail, and said and it's looking into credit monitoring services for those affected.
This isn't the first Navy breach that has been linked to its contracting activities with Hewlett-Packard.
As reported by the Navy Times, the Navy announced in 2013 that Iran had penetrated its unclassified Navy and Marine Corps Intranet. It was later revealed that the breach was due to a sloppily written contract with HP that didn't require the firm to provide security for some of the Navy’s unclassified databases.
This is the latest in a long line of breaches. Just this week it was revealed that posh burger delivery service Deliveroo had falling victim to fraudsters, leaving customers out of pocket for orders that they didn't place.
Last month, Tesco Bank also fell victim to a hacking attack that led to money being pilfered from 20,000 customers' accounts. µ
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