[funsec] Computer error rocks Alaska's fund
Richard M. Smith
rms at computerbytesman.com
Tue Mar 20 09:10:50 CDT 2007
JUNEAU, Alaska - Perhaps you know that sinking feeling when a single
keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disc
drive containing an account worth $38 billion.
That's what happened to a computer technician reformatting a disk drive at
the Alaska Department of Revenue. While doing routine maintenance work, the
technician accidentally deleted applicant information for an oil-funded
account - one of Alaska residents' biggest perks - and mistakenly
reformatted the backup drive, as well.
There was still hope, until the department discovered its third line of
defense, backup tapes, were unreadable.
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