UCLA warns 800,000 of computer hack

Oops - the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) has had to alert an astonishing 800,000 current and former students, as well faculty members and staff, about their personal data being compromised, following a hacker intrusion.

The hacks, which apparently started in October, 2005 and ended in late November of this year, resulted in a number of names and personal data files being accessed, although IT security staff are unsure what the hackers were actually looking for.

The hackers only had their sessions curtailed on November 21, when IT staff noticed a number suspicious database queries, although UCLA has declined to reveal any further information.

The only bit of good news is that Acting Chancellor Norman Abrams has said that, whilst the database includes Social Security numbers, home addresses and birthdays, there was no evidence any data have been misused.

Abrams has said, however, that anyone concerned should contact credit reporting agencies and take steps to minimise the risk of potential identity theft.

Really helpful advice that - how about UCLA offering to pay for the cost of ID protection for those affected?

Watch this space for a few lawsuits...