Navy leaks personal data for over 130,000 sailors

A compromised laptop gave up their names and social security numbers.

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Richard Lawler
November 24, 2016 7:14 AM
AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko
AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko

Another day, another data breach. While everyone is focused on pre-holiday activities, the Navy reveals that it was notified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise in October about a compromised laptop. Now, an investigation has determined that names and social security numbers of 134,386 current and former sailors had been accessed by unknown individuals. Other than dumping the news out while few are paying attention, the Navy says it will notify those affected "in the coming weeks," by phone, letter and email.

At this point, the Navy says it has not found evidence the information is being misused, but similar to the OPM data breach last year, this could have far-reaching consequences. The Navy Times cites an unnamed official saying the leaked info came from the Career Waypoints (C-WAY) database that handles re-enlistment and Navy Occupational Specialty requests.
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