Business Insider - A startup with $25 million in funding is in crisis mode because an employee deleted the wrong files

GitLab suffered a data loss of 300GB of data written during a 6 hour window.  Approximately 1% of users were affected.

5 backup methods were found to have failed but data was later found on a staging server.

Sources: The Register & Business Insider


Data Center Knowledge - Delta Cancels 280 Flights Due to IT Outage

Delta Airlines cancelled about 170 flights Sunday and 110 flights as a result of a major IT systems outage.

This was a second system-wide outage for Delta in six months due to IT problems and a second major airline outage within a week’s time. More than 200 United Airlines flights were affected by an IT outage on January 29.

Source: Data Center Knowledge


BBC News - Lloyds cyber-attack details emerge

Denial of service attacks are traditionally perpetrated by customers with a grudge or by blackmailers, but there is no indication from Lloyds that a ransom demand was received.

It's likely that systems engineers blocked all internet traffic from overseas locations where the attacks seemed to be coming from, halting the disruption at least temporarily before the attackers switched their activity elsewhere.

Source: BBC News


The Register - And so we enter day seven of King's College London major IT outage

King's College London suffered days of downtime after virtualised systems failed during a hardware upgrade.

While no costs are mentioned, internal websites, shared drives, room booking, payroll, student records, purchasing and catering services bookings have been affected.

Source: The Register


Travel Weekly - United says it recovered quickly from last week's computer outage

The IT outage was caused by a glitch as the carrier conducted a flight-schedule update. Two systems competed with each other to get data to a third system.

While it led to the cancellation of 16 flights, the business apparently recovered quickly (according the comms chief) but no official times were mentioned.

This was the third airline outage of 2016.

Source: Travel Weekly

Lloyds of London

Computer Weekly - Insurance brokers count cost of lost business as SSP SaaS platform outage enters second week

SSP's downtime began when a power outage caused an HP Storage Area Network (SAN) in the company’s Solihull-based datacentre to malfunction.

Brokers were unable to access the cloud platform to perform key business activity for nearly two weeks afterwards. The system is used by 40% of the UK’s brokers to track insurance renewals and remind customers to reinsure their vehicles, as well as source quotes and purchase products from third-party insurance providers.

Source: Computer Weekly