Data recovery company releases eleventh annual collection of ‘interesting’ data losses

Spiders, urination and bullets among culprits for 2013’s top ten ‘data disasters’

A data recovery company has listed the ten most ‘interesting’ causes of data loss in 2013, including spider infestations, drunken urination and gunshots.

The top ten ‘data disasters’ list is the eleventh such collection from Kroll Ontrack.

The top spot for 2013 was claimed by a phone in the US that had become the unfortunate target of gunfire.

“A cell phone is not bullet-proof. Enough said,” stated the description.

In second place was a five-year old Italian data server that had suffered a crashed hard drive.

“When the data recovery engineer opened up the drive, he found a nest of spiders inside,” explained the release.

“They also had a vacation home in the drive of the server right next to the parking area of the heads.”

Other data-destroying events included floods caused by Hurricane Sandy, a hammer-wielding employee attempting to cover their tracks, a two-year 40,000km worldwide trip taken by a hard drive inside a cyclist’s bag and an enraged French gamer.

In fifth place is the embarrassing tale of an American man who suffered a case of mistaken identity.

“After a night of partying, a man woke up in the middle of the night and used what he thought to be a restroom,” the entry read.

“In the morning, he discovered that it was not a restroom, and his laptop was a poor substitute for a toilet.”

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