Navy finds personnel data online

Naval officials disclosed today that personal information on about 28,000 sailors and their family members was discovered on a civilian Web site this month.

The chief of naval personnel was notified June 22 that a Web site contained five spreadsheet files with information that included names, birth dates and Social Security data on Navy members and their families, according to the Naval Personnel Public Affairs Office.

There is no evidence that the files have been used illegally, and the information has been removed from the site, the Navy said.

Sailors are being urged to call the Navy Personnel Command call center for further information.

The news follows a string of data breaches involving a number of federal agencies, including the departments of Veterans Affairs, Energy and Agriculture.

At the VA, a thief stole computer hardware containing the data of 26.5 million current and former military personnel and their spouses. Since then, the IRS, the Energy Department and the Social Security Administration all have been victimized by data loss or theft.

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