Stories From The Lab: Russian Hackers Gamble With Ransomware
Stories From The Lab: Russian Hackers Gamble With Ransomware

23 August 2021

Listen to a short story from the data recovery lab. In this episode, an online casino host’s data is taken hostage by Russian hackers and CBL helps recover it. Ransomware before it was a thing. This case had it all. Also, see a visualization of how ransomware incidents have exploded in recent years.

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Stories From The Lab: Engineering Files Buried in Mudslide
Stories From The Lab: Engineering Files Buried in Mudslide

13 May 2021

Look back at some of our emergency response expertise with a story from the lab. This one is about a mudslide in Venezuela that buries a town’s engineering documents. Flood, mudslide, hurricane… CBL helps with critical data disaster recovery.

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How did Toronto Police Recover the Deleted Rob Ford Crack Video?
How did Toronto Police Recover the Deleted Rob Ford Crack Video?

1 November 2013

So how did the police department get the deleted data of the mysterious video files from the hard drives? In a story stunning Toronto yesterday and spreading beyond Canada into news media around the globe, Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair admitted that a video showing Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking what appears to be a crack pipe had been recovered. The video, never been seen by the public, has been the subject of a great deal of speculation since some photos from it were reported in the press earlier in the year. Mayor Ford received a torrent of allegations about its supposed contents and flatly denied it even existed. A bombshell of sorts yesterday when the Police Chief exclaimed that evidence seized in a series of police raids contained electronic devices and computer hard drives that after months of investigation contained the video in question. According to Blair, the footage is “consistent with what has been described in the media,” but he will not further describe what depictions are there. So how did the police department get the deleted data of the mysterious video files from the hard drives?

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October Data Recovery Fire Drill
October Data Recovery Fire Drill

7 October 2011

Get Your Disaster Plan together for Data Recovery; photo by cancsajn October is small business month and is a perfect time for organizations to consider a data recovery fire drill to ensure business continuity.

“Hard drives in your computer system are not fail-safe and can and will fail for numerous reasons,” says CBL’s president Bill Margeson. “Often those responsible for an organization’s IT may not be aware that one or more of the drives are acting up or about to go down causing major headaches for the business.”

To properly plan against a data loss crisis, running simulations now could prevent major headaches later. Check out our preparation tips after the jump.

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Thinking Outside Borders: Data Recovery Making a Difference
Thinking Outside Borders: Data Recovery Making a Difference

26 July 2011

As thanks a happy customer donates to Doctors Without Borders after CBL successfully retrieves her data.

customer donates to Doctors Without Borders after CBL successfully recovers her data

At Platter Chatter we like to focus our writing on issues of data loss, prevention, keeping business running through disasters and recovering critical data in emergencies — stuff that we live and breath at CBL Data Recovery. However, there are lots of moments of joy and good news when data is recovered.

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Air France Black Box Data Recovery After Being Buried At Sea: Data is Resilient
Air France Black Box Data Recovery After Being Buried At Sea: Data is Resilient

16 May 2011

Photo: wet disc; by kirsche222

French investigators reported Monday that crucial data had been recovered and downloaded off airplane black boxes from an Air France jet that went down in the Atlantic two years ago. How the data was retrieved out of the black boxes is not only interesting but a great example of how data is resilient, something that CBL Data Recovery sees first-hand in recovery and forensics projects.

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All We See Is The Code
All We See Is The Code

27 September 2010

Unless you have experienced a hard drive failure, you may not be aware of the complexity how data is stored. A CBL data recovery expert sees a string of ones and zeroes organized in a perfect pattern otherwise known as your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Paris. It’s all about perspective.

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With Tiny Tech Comes Great Responsibility
With Tiny Tech Comes Great Responsibility

29 April 2010

These days, much of our important data is being stored on smaller technology platforms and this is increasing the risk of data loss. When an incident occurs the errors, and thus difficulty in retrieving data, are magnified because of the architecture and small scale. When problems happen with data, getting advice from a specialist who understands the inner workings of the technology can be the difference between data saved and data lost.

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When "Dead" Just Won't Do: Hands-on Hard Drive Diagnosis key to Recovery
When "Dead" Just Won't Do: Hands-on Hard Drive Diagnosis key to Recovery

12 April 2010

Have you ever called up your auto mechanic, described a series of random sounds, and expected him to tell you how to fix it? Do you call your doctor when you are experiencing sharp pains and ask him what household products you can use to get healthy again?

You know these are scenarios where hands-on diagnosis is beneficial. We explore the similarities to describing and diagnosing data recovery problems and why getting the diagnosis right is the key to a successful data recovery path.

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My Dog Ate My Homework – 2010 Style
My Dog Ate My Homework – 2010 Style

20 January 2010

How many times have we heard this statement uttered when a deadline has passed? Nowadays in our technology saturated world the more common excuse should be: “My Dog Ate My Data”.

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Avoid Looking for "Quick" Fixes to Data Loss Problems
Avoid Looking for "Quick" Fixes to Data Loss Problems

19 June 2009

A data loss crisis can erode an organization’s self-confidence. Organizations can mitigate the threat of data loss by taking these three steps

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