Spreadsheets containing the names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of 28,000 U.S. Navy personnel and family members were found on a civilian Web site, the Office of Naval Personnel said Friday.
Are you sensing a pattern yet?
The Joint Task Force Global Network Operations, a component of U.S. Strategic Command, found the files and reported the discovery to the Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command on Thursday. The files have been removed from the web site, which the office did not identify.
It’s not clear whether anyone downloaded the five spreadsheets from the Web site before they were removed.
The Chief of Naval Personnel is working to identify those affected and notify them individually, according to a statement posted on the command’s Web site. Personnel who believe they may have been affected can contact the Office of Naval Personnel at 1-866-U-ASK-NPC (1-866-827-5672).
Unlike other recent security breaches, affected personnel may not receive free credit-monitoring services unless they were also affected by the Veterans Administration data theft in May.
The Office of Naval Personnel said it would investigate to determine how the files got onto a public Web site and ensure that it doesn’t happen again.
I say tune in tomorrow to see what government agency discloses a data breach next.