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The Navy: Personal data for more than 130,000 sailors hacked

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Sailors man the rails as the USS Ronald Reagan, a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered super carrier, departs for Yokosuka, Japan from Naval Station North Island in San Diego, California August 31, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Hackers gained access to sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, for 134,386 current and former U.S. sailors, the U.S. Navy said on Wednesday.

It said a laptop used by a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services employee working on a U.S. Navy contract was hacked. Hewlett Packard informed the Navy of the breach on Oct. 27 and the affected sailors will be notified in the coming weeks, the Navy said.

An investigation by the firm and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service revealed by November 22 that sensitive information of 134,386 current and former sailors were accessed by unknown individuals, according to the Navy.

“The Navy takes this incident extremely seriously – this is a matter of trust for our sailors,” Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Admiral Robert Burke said in a statement. He added, “We are in the early stages of investigating and are working quickly to identify and take care of those affected by this breach.”

“At this stage of the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised,” the Navy said.

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