The United States Navy is finding itself the victim of a hacker who got a hold of the personal information of 130,000 United States Navy sailors. The United States Navy says the personal information does include the sailor’s social security numbers and other extremely sensitive personal identifiable information. The Navy has figured out that the information was stolen from a laptop used by a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services contractor and Hewlett Packard informed the Navy on October 27th. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) states that over 134,000 current and former sailors data has been compromised and they will begin informing the affected sailors in the next week or so.
“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 the statement, cited by Reuters. Burke said the investigation was in its early stage and authorities “are working quickly to identify and take care of those affected by this breach.” The Navy reportedly said Wednesday that “at this stage of the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised.”
This is a firm reminder that with determination hackers can and will do all they can to access the data they’re intent on stealing. While nothing is ever totally secure, it is important to do as much as you can to keep your data behind some form of security. Using extremely strong passwords, two-factor authentication and just being aware of where you’re browsing. It is possible to stay safe to some degree. The nice thing is individuals generally don’t pique the interest of criminals (unless they’re high-profile), it’s the large businesses and government agencies that get targeted. On the flip side of that, those entities are also made up of individuals.
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