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Kroll Ontrack acquired for US$410m by LDiscovery

Data recovery and discovery outfit Kroll Ontrack has been acquired, for US$410m. Kroll Ontrack's buyer is LDiscovery, LLC, an outfit that specialises in data management services for law firms. Kroll plays in that field, too, but also boasts expertise in home and business data recovery services that see the firm prise open …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Oct 2016
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Lost artworks by Andy Warhol found on 80s-era FLOPPY DISKS

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has recovered a trove of previously unknown works by the pop-art pioneer from an unexpected, yet suitably modern source: a set of Commodore Amiga floppy disks. The artworks date back to 1985, when Commodore commissioned Warhol to help demonstrate the graphics capabilities of …
Neil McAllister, 25 Apr 2014
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NSA plans to FREE YOUR DATA with range of cloud services, analytics

April Fool An earlier version of this article was published in error carrying a sub-editing note which, if taken out of context, could have implied that we had offered line by line copy approval to an individual named "Sir Iain". We'd like to clarify that this is actually a friendly nickname for one of our editorial staff and that we did …
Lewis Page, 1 Apr 2014
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Your nicked iPad now likelier than ever to show up in Mongolia

The number of laptops and tablets stolen in one country and recovered in another is on the rise. Absolute Software's second annual Endpoint Security Report records that stolen kit that had not been nicked locally had been recovered in an additional eight countries as far afield as Mongolia, Gambia, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. In the …
John Leyden, 5 Sep 2013
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Glider pilot 'swallowed camera memory' say plunge tragedy cops

A hang-gliding pilot who allegedly ate a memory card from a video camera has been charged with obstructing the course of justice by a Canadian court and has been held in custody until it re-emerges. William Jonathan Orders is accused of swallowing the card from a video camera mounted on his glider in an attempt to derail an …
Anna Leach, 3 May 2012
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Xbox 360 credit card slurp alert under fire

Doubts have arisen over claims that credit card numbers and other personal information can be recovered from used Xbox 360 consoles - even after users take the precaution of restoring their kit to its factory settings. Researchers at Drexel University in Philadelphia bought a refurbished Xbox 360 from a Microsoft-authorised …
John Leyden, 4 Apr 2012
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Sensitive data easily swiped from eBayed mobiles

Second-hand mobile phones sold on by their owners often contain extensive personal and sensitive data that leave sellers open to identity theft and other privacy risks. Pre-owned mobile phones and SIM cards purchased on eBay or from shops were checked using readily available equipment to see what personal information was left …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2011

Microwaved hard disc, run-over PC and other data disasters

Recovering data after a user had somehow managed to microwave a hard disk or dropped a PC from a second floor window were among the more unusual data recovery problems successfully tackled by Disklabs during 2010. Other bizarre cases included helping a client who had managed to drive over his computer. Disklabs has put …
John Leyden, 23 Dec 2010
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Slack backup leaves Brits exposed to data loss

UK consumers often store valuable data only on their computers without backing it up, inviting disaster if hardware failure or malware infection strikes. Around a third (31 per cent) of 3,000 people surveyed in a new poll have lost important or irreplaceable information that they trusted to their PC. The survey, commissioned …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2010
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Hardware biggest cause of HDD failure, says Freecom

External hard drive maker Freecom has revealed that almost half of all hard drive crashes are caused by hardware failure. While launching a new, low-cost data recovery service, Freecom said its internal estimates suggest manufacturing flaws and age together account for 49 per cent of all hard drive failures. By contrast, …
Tony Smith, 23 Mar 2010
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Phoenix recovers barbecued data in Europe

European data centres can recover data from data centres blown to smithereens by using Axxana's near-bomb proof Phoenix data recovery system MTI is now marketing Axxana's Phoenix RP hardened enterprise data recorder in Europe, but not the middle East and Africa. The story is that, even if a passenger jet flies into a data …
Chris Mellor, 8 Feb 2010
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T-Mobile raises Sidekick from the dead

T-Mobile resumed sales of its benighted Sidekick smart(ish)phone on Tuesday morning, six weeks after a cloudburst swamped the once-popular status symbol. In early October, a catastrophic server failure at a Microsoft subsidiary - the all-too-prophetically named Danger - wiped out Sidekick users' personal data that had been …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Nov 2009
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iPhone stuffed with crashing hard drive

The data-recovery virtuosi at DriveSavers have come up with an iPhone app that IT admins can use to explain to an unfortunate client exactly how and why their hard drive went south, taking all of that irreplaceable financial data with it. And, of course, seeing as how DriveSavers is in the business of data recovery and not …
Rik Myslewski, 11 Jun 2009
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Trade in secondhand BlackBerries booming in Nigeria

A TV investigation has revealed that secondhand BlackBerries on Nigerian markets are priced according to the data held on them, not the age or the model of a phone. Jon Godfrey, director of Sims LifeCycle Services, who is advising on a TV investigation into the trade due to screen later this year, said that BlackBerries sell …
John Leyden, 4 May 2009

Seagate isolates 'potential' Barracuda flaw

After reports that its 1TB Barracuda drives are failing at an unusually high rate, Seagate says it has isolated a "potential firmware issue" that would seem to be the cause of this worldwide plague. The company will provide a free firmware upgrade for those affected by the problem, and if you've lost data thanks to this …
Chris Mellor, 18 Jan 2009

Dogs and arson feature in top 10 data recovery disasters

Computer forensics experts need a talent for data recovery. Crooks are increasingly becoming aware of the possibility that digital evidence might condemn them, raising the likelihood that devices containing potentially sensitive information will wind up being destroyed. For example, data recovery firm Disklabs successfully …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2008

Intel papers over remote attack chip flaws ahead of demo

Intel has fixed a pair of flaws in its chips ahead of a planned demonstration of remote attacks on them by security researcher Kris Kaspersky. Kaspersky – no relation to the Russian security firm – was due to demonstrate the findings of his CPU malware research at the Hack in the Box conference Malaysia in October, in a …
Joe Fay, 11 Aug 2008

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