Computer crash wipes out years of Air Force investigation records


Defense One:

The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud.

A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information.

Apparently they did have backups, but ermm… the backups are corrupted too.

Remember folks, there’s no point making backups of your data if you don’t sometimes test that the backups actually work. That’s perhaps timely advice given the prevalence of ransomware right now.

(There’s no indication that the US Air Force’s database corruption is due to malicious meddling, by the way).

Update: Good news. The US Air Force says it has managed to achieve a “full recovery” of its data.

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3 Responses

  1. Karl

    June 15, 2016 at 5:28 pm #

    The RSS link takes you directly to the original article at Defense One.

    • Graham Cluley in reply to Karl.

      June 16, 2016 at 8:38 am #

      Hi Karl

      That was deliberate. I’m trying out a new “news in brief” format for some content on the site, rather than just full, more in-depth articles. This is rather inspired by John Gruber’s Daring Fireball blog. The titles link to the actual news content that I am commenting on, and you get the full “brief” article in the RSS feed.

      I’m just trialling the format at the moment, so it’s open to some tweaking. :)

  2. drsolly

    June 15, 2016 at 8:56 pm #

    Back in my Data Recovery days, corrupted databases were my favourite

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