More than 100,000 Navy sailors’ personal information compromised

WASHINGTON, DC (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.

navyThe 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.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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