An Air Force spokesman says a hacker tapped into a military database that held Social Security numbers and other personal information for about half the service's officers.
As of this morning, no identity theft had been reported by any of the 33,000 officers. Some files of enlisted personnel also were jeopardized.
A spokesman says the case is under investigation. The commander of the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base says everything possible is being done to catch and prosecute those responsible.
Officials say the Social Security numbers, birth dates and other information were accessed sometime in May or June, apparently by someone with the password to the Air Force computer system. People affected have been notified.