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Since the dawn of time, people have misplaced things and information has been lost. Whether it be through the manipulation of ancient manuscripts or the improper configuring of computer scripts, all data has the potential to be compromised or lost completely. As hosting providers, protecting sensitive client data is part of your job description, so every known case of data loss offers an opportunity to learn and refine your technology and internal processes. What are some of the most notable instances over the years (or centuries)? Keep reading!


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    Huh. The article says “data loss”, but it means “data theft”. I am substantially less interested in the latter because I’m already aware of how serious the topic is! I was hoping to read examples like the plans for the Saturn V being lost - which is apocryphal, but certainly we couldn’t build one today. Long-term library issues are always really interesting.

    Oh well. Maybe I can go see if archive.org has a blog, instead. :)

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      Not long after, Sidekick users noticed prolonged service disruptions until eventually, Microsoft discovered that this data center had not been updated to run on Microsoft technology, which ultimately led to the system failure.


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        This article is full of “bad apple” explanations that Sidney Dekker hates. “If only they had off-site backups!” “If only they had two-factor auth!” While great for selling backup software, there are usually more effective and insightful ways to analyze an incident.

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          Agreed. That sort of single-cause analysis upsets me in general. The most egregious case, which I always pull out as an example, is the media and political consensus, parroted uncritically by Wikipedia, that the blackout of 2003, which left ten million people without electricity in the US and Canada, was due “primarily” to a software bug which reduced the prominence of an alert.