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ARLINGTON, Va. — The more than 30,000 sailors and family members whose personal data was found posted on the Internet recently were stationed in areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, the Navy announced on Monday.

“We do not know how many are now stationed overseas, though it’s possible some of those who are on the list are now overseas,” said Sharon Anderson, a spokeswoman for the Chief of Naval Personnel.

Investigators still are trying to determine how the sailors’ and families’ information ended up on the Internet, Anderson said in a Monday e-mail to Stars and Stripes.

The Navy has mailed letters notifying the 30,618 whose name, birth date, Social Security number and other personal data was found last week in five spreadsheet files on a civilian Web site, according to the Navy.

“There is no evidence that any of the data has been used illegally thus far. However, individuals are encouraged to carefully monitor their bank accounts, credit card accounts and other financial transactions,” a Navy news release says.

The incident is apparently not related to the Department of Veterans Affairs’ recent revelation that personal data on 26.5 million veterans and active-duty members had been stolen from a laptop belonging to a VA employee.

For assistance on this matter, affected sailors and family members can call the Navy Personnel Command call center 24 hours a day at 1-866-827-5672, and they can learn how to watch for suspicious activities on their financial accounts by going to the Navy Personnel Command Web site at: www.npc.navy.mil.

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