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January 4, 2009

Journalspace – overwritten

Popular blogging site journalspace.com has been wiped off the Internet by a suspected disgruntled engineer. The engineer was fired months ago for stealing from the company but may have planted a logic bomb or delayed virus that initiated a full server wipe.
The server in question held the database for journalspace.com, which is the contents of every blog on the site. It was confirmed today that DriveSavers was unable to recover the data on the mirrored hard drives. Journalspaces did not Use any other form of backup so they are unable to recover their site or any used content. They, however, recommend checking Google’s cache to attempt to save published content.

There is no excuse for not having backups on tape or even an external drive. This disaster could have easily been recovered from with minimal data loss using free software and a hundred dollar hard drive.

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