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Navy data again found on public web site




Navy data again found on public web site
Navy data again found on public web site



http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2006/07/07/navy_data_again_found_on_public_web_site/ 

By Lolita C. Baldor
Associated Press Writer
July 7, 2006

WASHINGTON --For the second time in two weeks, Social Security numbers 
and other personal information of Navy personnel have been discovered 
on an Internet site, triggering an investigation.

The Navy said Friday that information on more than 100,000 naval and 
Marine Corps aviators and aircrew was on the Naval Safety Center Web 
site and on nearly 1,100 computer discs mailed out to naval commands.

There was no indication that the information has been used illegally, 
said Navy spokesman Lt. Ryan Perry. He said Rear Adm. George Mayer, 
commander of the Naval Safety Center, had the information removed 
immediately and officials are looking into how the data was posted on 
the Web site.

The Navy is also attempting to retrieve the computer disks, he said, 
and individuals whose data was revealed on the Internet were being 
notified. Both active and reserve members were affected by the latest 
incident, including aviators who may have served within the last 20 
years.

Two weeks ago, the Navy launched a criminal investigation after Social 
Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family 
members were found on a civilian Web site. The information was in five 
documents and included people's names, birth dates and Social Security 
numbers.

The Web site was not identified, but the Navy said the information was 
removed and there also was no indication the data was used illegally. 
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the matter.

Computer breaches have come to light at as many as half a dozen 
federal agencies in recent months, potentially affecting millions of 
employees.

The Navy said individuals affected by the breach can place a 90-day 
fraud alert on their credit reports, and they were provided 
information on companies to contact. Bank and credit card accounts 
also should be closely monitored.

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On the Net:
U.S. Navy: http://www.navy.mil/ 

Copyright 2006 The New York Times Company


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