27 November 2012

Kroll Ontrack announces ninth annual Top Ten List of Data Disasters

London, U.K. – 27 November, 2012 Kroll Ontrack, the leading provider of data recovery, information management and e-disclosure today revealed its list of the Top 10 Data Disasters for 2012. This year’s list, all of which were successful data recoveries performed by engineers in various Kroll Ontrack offices worldwide, shows that the increasing reliance on electronic data and reliability of technology are often met by human error.

2012 Top Ten List of Data Disasters Compiled by Kroll Ontrack

10. Rinse cycle (Kroll Ontrack France)

A woman placed her external hard drive in a basket of dirty-laundry and carried it downstairs. The family cat strategically placed itself on the laundry, which obscured the view of the drive from the woman's boyfriend, who shooed away the cat and quickly loaded the clothes into the washing machine. On went the machine and away went the data. Kroll Ontrack was able to recover the data.

9. Don't drink and work! (Kroll Ontrack Poland)

A graphic designer about to finish a beautiful 3D logo for a customer, decided to have a drink to celebrate. When he returned from the kitchen to admire his work, he accidentally knocked over the glass - giving his computer a chance to take a sip. The project was gone, and so was the designer's happiness. Kroll Ontrack was able to recover the data.

8. Lost in the desert (Kroll Ontrack Australia)

Imagine working in one of the most challenging and remote environments of the world and being confronted with a serious data loss. This is what happened to a resources company in the Gobi Desert. They accidentally deleted a VMware® machine and several snapshots. Luckily, IT got in touch with Kroll Ontrack, and via a satellite link, a remote data recovery session was quickly established. The link enabled Kroll Ontrack engineers to work around-the-clock, and data was recovered in a much shorter time than originally anticipated.

7. Erase all traces (Kroll Ontrack Australia)

When an Australian pool and spa shop was being robbed, the burglars decided to hide all the evidence by pouring the large stock of hydrochloric acid on the shop floor and counters, consequently damaging the shop's computer and point of sale terminal. The shop owner was able to get a very smelly drive to the local Kroll Ontrack lab, and although the computer was very badly damaged, all the data was recovered.

6. Slippery hands (Kroll Ontrack UK)

An iPad®, containing important drilling data, was dropped off the side of a Nigerian oil rig. While water is the most common cause of damage to mobile devices, this incident, involving salt water, proved to be no problem for Kroll Ontrack.

5. Lost in transit (Kroll Ontrack US)

A city worker put his backpack, containing his iPad, down on the footpath to give his shoulder a break while waiting for the bus. The bus pulled up, but before letting on the passengers, the driver realised the bus was obstructing the footpath. The city worker didn't pick up his backpack in time, and the bus crushed its contents, including the iPad. Despite extensive physical damage to the electronics, the data was recovered by Kroll Ontrack.

4. Disgruntled employee (Kroll Ontrack US)

After an employee was fired, he took solace at a fast-food chain and plotted his revenge. This included logging on to the network he still had access to and deleting as much data as he could get his hands on using the restaurant's free Wi-Fi. The story had a happy ending, as terabytes of data were recovered and the culprit was identified by matching his food purchase order and payment information to the time of the crime and network used to delete the data.

3. Careful driver (Kroll Ontrack Poland)

A man pulled into a shopping centre and parked his car. When he opened his door, he noticed that he had parked across two spaces. He got back in and shut the door, not noticing that he had dropped his camera onto the ground outside. As he re-corrected his parking several times, he felt something under the tyre, which turned out to be his camera. Kroll Ontrack recovered the photos and videos.

2. Sweeping illness (Kroll Ontrack US)

Viruses can be silent and deadly, so when a malware attack infected 30,000 workstations at a Middle Eastern oil company, swift efforts were required to cease the damage and restore business continuity. Kroll Ontrack not only identified the virus as the damage culprit, but recovered data from several critical servers and workstations.

1. Don't ignore blinking RED lights (Kroll Ontrack Spain)

A server with a RAID5 configuration was brought into the Kroll Ontrack Madrid office after numerous people in an office noticed a red blinking light on the front panel warning that one of the disk drives had failed. The IT manager said the light didn't mean anything but within three weeks, after a second disk drive failed, the data became inaccessible. Kroll Ontrack restored 100 percent of the data.

“Despite best efforts to prevent disasters, data loss still happens due to hardware failure, software corruption, computer viruses, natural disasters and of course human error,” said Robert Winter, Chief Engineer, Kroll Ontrack. “Kroll Ontrack is committed to R&D and has more than 200 engineers working on technology and techniques that anticipate and address our clients’ needs.”

For more information about the 2012 Top 10 Data Disasters, and to vote for the most interesting Data Disasters video, visit http://www.krollontrack.co.uk/data-recovery/top-10-data-disasters/2012/. Anyone who votes will be entered into a prize draw and will be in with a chance of winning a Google Nexus tablet.

About Kroll Ontrack Inc.

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, backup, search, analyse, produce and present data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data backup, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review. Kroll Ontrack is a subsidiary of Altegrity, an industry-leading provider of information solutions. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: www.krollontrack.co.uk.

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