Employees' Retirement System of Georgia, Atlanta, sent a letter yesterday to retirees detailing the illegal access of state computers and retirement benefit files last month.
A hacker broke into the fund's computer system Feb. 21 and 23 and accessed names, addresses, Social Security numbers and bank account numbers used for direct deposit of pension checks of participants in the $12.8 billion ERS and the state plans it administers. Those are the $256.9 million Judicial Retirement System, the $65.7 million Georgia Defined Contribution Plan, the $27.8 million Legislative Retirement System, the $2.1 million Military Pension Fund for members of the Georgia National Guard, the $1.2 million Superior Court Judges' Retirement Fund, and the District Attorneys' Fund, for which an asset size was not available.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident, and "at this point, there is no evidence that confidential information was read, downloaded or used in any manner," according to the letter. "No one has reported any problems to GTA or ERS. The GBI is continuing its investigation."