The United States Navy on Wednesday said that personal data of more than 130,000 data have been stolen.
The navy said the names and social security numbers of over 130,000 current and former US sailors were compromised when a laptop belonging to a Hewlett Packard employee working as a contractor was breached.
“Oct. 27, 2016, the Navy was notified by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services (HPES) that one of the company’s laptops operated by their employee supporting a Navy contract was reported as compromised,” the Navy said in a statement.
“The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously – this is a matter of trust for our Sailors,” said the US navy in a statement. The navy said it is in the early stage of investigation and is working quickly to identify and take care of those affected by this breach.
No malicious use of the data, stolen from a re-enlistment approval database, has been reported so far. Affected employees will be notified over the next weeks via telephone, letter and email the Navy is “reviewing credit monitoring services options, for those affected.
The personal data came from the Career Waypoints database, known as C-WAY, which sailors use to submit re-enlistment and Navy Occupational Specialty requests
Navy Times has said that this is at least the second major breach of Navy data linked to its contracting activities with Hewlett-Packard. In 2013, the service announced that Iran had penetrated its unclassified Navy and Marine Corps Intranet.
In March 2014, the Wall Street Journal reported that the breach was due to a sloppily written contract with Hewlett-Packard that didn’t require HP to provide security for some of the Navy’s unclassified databases.