The Navy has announced that they suffered a breach that exposed personal information of over 134,000 naval personnel. The Navy claims that none of the information has been used for nefarious purposes yet and that they are notifying all 134,000 via email, phone and snail mail.
The Navy was notified in October by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services that one of their laptops used to support contracts they have with the Navy was compromised. Information that was compromised included the names and Social Security numbers. I, myself have invented foolproof identity theft protection. I call it poverty.
“The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously- this is a matter of trust for our Sailors,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke said in a statement. “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 Criminal Investigative Service is handling the investigation of the breach, but so far says there is no evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised.
The Navy said it will notify those affected Sailors in the coming weeks by multiple means including phone, letter and email.
For those affected by the breach, the Navy said it is working to provide further details on what happened, and is reviewing credit monitoring service options for affected sailors.