Personal data for more than 130,000 sailors hacked: U.S. Navy

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Hackers gained access to sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, for 134,386 current and former U.S. sailors, the U.S. Navy said on Wednesday.

It said a laptop used by a Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services employee working on a U.S. Navy contract was hacked. Hewlett Packard informed the Navy of the breach on Oct. 27 and the affected sailors will be notified in the coming weeks, the Navy said.

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The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy, heads down the Kennebec River after leaving Bath Iron Works, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Bath, Maine. The ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt , the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy, leaves the Kennebec River, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Phippsburg, Maine. The futuristic ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
The U.S. Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, leaves the Kennebec River, passing a crowd of spectators near Fort Popham, a Civil War-era fortification, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Phippsburg, Maine. The ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials.(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, USS Zumwalt, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy, passes spectators at Fort Popham at the mouth of the Kennebec River in Phibbsburg, Maine, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Bath, Maine. The ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
Exhaust smoke surrounds the Coast Guard cutter Ocracoke as it moves into position to lead the U.S. Navy's first Zumwalt-class destroyer down the Kennebec River, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Bath, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
BATH, ME - DECEMBER 7: A crowd of people enjoy the view from the dog park deck as The Zumwalt launches from Bath Ironworks at 8:30 for sea trials and heads down the Kennebec River to the ocean at Popham Beach. (Photo by Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, Zumwalt, sails down the Kennebec River toward the Atlantic for a series of sea trials after leaving Bath Iron Works on Monday morning. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, Zumwalt, exits the Kennebec River toward the Atlantic after leaving Bath Iron Works on Monday morning. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: Leslie Barker scans the Kennebec River for signs of the U.S. Navy's newest destroyer Zumwalt alongside husband Ken Barker on Monday at Ft. Popham. Hundreds of people gathred at the mouth of the Kennebec to witnesss the ship sail out to sea. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, Zumwalt, sails down the Kennebec River toward the Atlantic for a series of sea trials after leaving Bath Iron Works on Monday morning. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, Zumwalt, sails down the Kennebec River toward the Atlantic for a series of sea trials after leaving Bath Iron Works on Monday morning. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: The U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, Zumwalt, enters open ocean after leaving Bath Iron Works on Monday morning. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
PHIPPSBURG, ME - DECEMBER 7: Spectators share a pair of binoculars as the U.S. Navy's newest destroyer, Zumwalt, motors out of the Kennebec River and into the Atlantic. (Photo by Ben McCanna/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
The first Zumwalt-class destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, the largest ever built for the U.S. Navy, leaves the Kennebec River, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Phippsburg, Maine. The ship is headed out to sea for the first time to undergo sea trials. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
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Burke said the investigation of the breach was in its early stages.

"At this stage of the investigation, there is no evidence to suggest misuse of the information that was compromised," the Navy said.

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