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
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
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
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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U.S. Navy: http://www.navy.mil/
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