Saturday, June 24, 2006

Incident: Personal info on thousands of US sailors found on website

Info on thousands of US Navy sailors somehow found their way onto a website, including names, addresses and social security numbers:

Navy Finds Data on Thousands of Sailors on Web Site

Navy officials discovered this week that personal information on nearly 28,000 sailors and family members was compromised when it appeared on a Web site, fueling more concerns about the security of sensitive information belonging to federal employees.

Five spreadsheet files of data -- including names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of sailors and their relatives -- were found exposed on a Web site Thursday night during routine internal sweeps of the Internet for sensitive material, said Lt. Justin Cole, a spokesman for the chief of naval personnel. He said the material was removed from the Web site within two hours....

Meanwhile, the Canadian navy has lost a torpedo.

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