I missed this one last week while traveling, but I’m glad I finally caught it:
Oops! Technician’s error wipes out data for state fund – CNN.com
Perhaps you’ve experienced that sinking feeling when a single keystroke accidentally destroys hours of work. Now imagine wiping out a disk 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 had failed: backup tapes were unreadable.
People LIVE for the checks they receive from the state every fall.
Another good reason to have paper backups. I wonder if any lessons can be learned here that are relevant to, say, voting?