WASHINGTON, D.C. (WAVY) — The U.S. Navy says personal information belonging to more than 100,000 current and former sailors was compromised in a security breach.
On Oct. 27, the Navy was notified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES) that one of the company’s laptops was reported as compromised. The laptop was being used by their employee, who was supporting a Navy contract.
The Navy says sensitive information, including names and Social Security Numbers, of 134,386 sailors was accessed by someone. The Navy doesn’t know who got a hold of the information.
Affected sailors will be made aware via phone, letter and email within the next few weeks, the Navy says. The Navy is still investigating the incident and is looking into options for credit monitoring services for affected sailors.
At this point, the Navy says there isn’t any evidence to suggest that the information that was compromised 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.”