Guess this is what the DoD were trying to prevent with their latest hacking challenge. The US Navy just got hacked and personal details of more than 134,000 sailors were accessed.
Hopefully, things like this can be prevented after hackers help the military tighten up.
The total count revealed in a public statement released by US officials this morning is of 134,386 current and former sailors that were exposed by the breach. And the organization is now working on notifying those affected via mail, phone calls and letters.
No details yet of the hacker or group responsible for this breach, but this is actually not the first time that sailors have been targeted by cyberattacks.
It was back in 2013 that the United States blamed Iran for a series of attacks launched against its Navy.
For the moment, there is no evidence that the stolen information is being used by the attackers, but investigations will continue after HP notified the Navy of the attack on October 27, when they discovered that one of the laptops used by an employee had been hacked.
The Navy says:
“After analysis by HPES and a continuing Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) investigation, it was determined Nov. 22, 2016, that sensitive information, including the names and Social Security Numbers (SSNs) of 134,386 current and former Sailors were accessed by unknown individuals.”
HP has a contract, an Enterprises Services agreement with the Navy, where its laptops are operated by sailors.
Chief of Naval Personnel Vice Adm. Robert Burke has said that the Navy takes this incident extremely seriously, labeling it as a matter of trust for the sailors. He further confirmed that they are in the early stages of investigation in trying to identify what happened.