[funsec] Computer error rocks Alaska's fund

Drsolly drsollyp at drsolly.com
Tue Mar 20 13:23:26 CDT 2007


On Tue, 20 Mar 2007, Richard M. Smith wrote:

> http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070320/ap_on_hi_te/lost_data_3 
> 
> 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.
 
And what happened when they went to a competent data recovery company? 
Any of the three disasters above is possibly recoverable. I know that I 
used to handle all those types of problem, with a pretty good success 
rate.



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