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Data breach affecting 134K current, former Navy sailors

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Social Security numbers of more than 134,000 current and former Navy sailors were compromised in an apparent data breach, the U.S. Navy said Wednesday.

The military branch said the breach involved a laptop operated by a third-party contractor. Sensitive information, including names and social security numbers, were on the device.

The Navy was informed of the breach last month. This month, investigators determined information belonging to 134,386 current and previous sailors were accessed. The military branch said there was no immediate evidence to suggest misuse of the compromised information.

RELATED: U.S. Navy notification of data breach (link)

"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."

Those affected in the breach will be informed through phone, letter and email in the coming weeks. The Navy also said it will review credit monitoring service options for those affected.

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