WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Navy released a statement Wednesday saying it was notified on October 27 by Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services that one of the company’s laptops operated by their employee supporting a Navy contract was reported as compromised.
The Navy saidafter analysis by HPES and a continuing NCIS investigation, it was determined November 22 that sensitive information, including the names and Social Security Numbers of 134,386 current and former Sailors were accessed by unknown individuals.
“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.”
The Navy says they will notify those affected Sailors in the coming weeks by phone, letter and email.
For those affected by this incident, the Navy says they are working to provide further details on what happened, and they are reviewing credit monitoring service options for affected Sailors.
At this stage of the investigation, the Navy says there is no evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised.