Thursday, July 13, 2006

Emails deleted from server

Apparently PlusNet have wiped a load of emails from their server during a system upgrade. It is estimated 700 GB of data was lost when a a senior engineer mistook the management interface of a live email server for that of a backup server, and erased all the data on the wrong one.

Company representative Ian Wild has assured disgruntled members: "It was a genuine mistake, an accident, and I'm afraid no measure of change control procedures or anything else would have completely prevented this. At the end of the day, all we can do is hold our hands up here and say that although an unfortunate set of events, this should never have happened… you can never remove the risk of a human error entirely."

Interesting how companies start to say human error cannot be totally eliminated when they think it might get them out of paying compensation. Conversely, they choose to blame individuals for making errors (i.e. suggesting errors are preventable) when they think that transfer the heat from the company. Or am I being cynical?

Article is at,39020336,39278586,00.htm

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