The University of Georgia (UGA) recently acknowledged that at least 8,500 current and former employees' personnel records were accessed by a hacker.

"Officials started an investigation Oct. 1 after learning that two UGA workers' passwords were reset by someone other than them as early as Sept. 28," writes The Athens Banner-Herald's Lee Shearer. "Both the employees worked in information technology with access to others' records. The intruder then used those workers’ accounts to look into UGA's personnel record-keeping system, a UGA official announced Friday."

"This appears to us to be a planned intrusion by someone who knew enough about our operations to know which accounts to attack and where the sensitive information was located within the system," UGA vice president for information technology Timothy M. Chester said in a statement. "It is clearly a criminal act of computer trespass, and we are working with UGA Police to investigate."

"Accessed data included names, Social Security numbers aand other personal information," writes The Atlanta Business Chronicle's Jacques Couret. "Current and former employees whose records may have been compromised will be notified directly by e-mail or U.S. mail as addresses are available for them, UGA said. UGA also will provide credit monitoring for affected employees who ask for it."