Season of TV shows blown out of cloud... for good
Someone forget to tick the back-up box
By Chris Mellor • Get more from this author
Posted in Cloud, 4th April 2011 13:57 GMT
A US cloud storage provider is being sued because it did not provide a recoverable backup of TV show files deleted by an aggrieved ex-employee.
F-A-I-L spells... fail!
CyberLynk, headquartered in Wisconsin, was used by a Hawaiiian TV show production and distribution company, WeR1 World Network, to store episodes of its children's TV show, Zodiac Island. The files were the result of two years' of work by hundreds of people from dozens of companies, and included animation files, soundtracks, storyboards and videos.
CyberLynk had fired an employee called Michael Scott Jewson and, according to a Honolulu courthouse news report, one month after being given the boot, Jewson accessed CyberLynk servers and wiped out 304GB of data, including 14 Zodiac Island episodes, a full season of the show.
WeR1's claim against CyberLynk says that Adam Hobach, CyberLynk's president, admitted to Ingrid Wang, WeR1's CEO, that not all the data could be recovered. Oops. If true, this means CyberLynk let a fired employee back into its systems – FAIL! – and did not have an offline or off-site backup of the data, such as a tape library: double FAIL.
Jewson appears to have admitted what he did and offered to pay restitution, but WeR1 says he can't pay what they will lose. Zodiac Island's first season ran in the 2008-2009 period and more than 100 US TV stations featured it, so we're talking big bucks by an individual employee's standard.
Interestingly CyberLynk does offer backup services and promotes the idea of its users making local backups too: