Reply to post: Plus ca change...

Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years

Archtech Silver badge

Plus ca change...

Nearly 40 years ago, I used to do regular preventive maintenance on some of Citibank's VAXes in London. For years they followed a standard backup routine, copying all their (presumably valuable) data onto reels of magtape which were then filed away in a special archive room. There were hundreds of reels in there.

One day it was discovered that the backup procedure had been wrong from Day One, and not a single one of those tapes contained any useful backup data. We didn't hear which heads rolled, but presumably some did. It sounds as if the culture has not changed a lot.

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