Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records

By Marcus Weisburger | Defense One

[Editor’s Note: Update – Air Force Says 100,000 Corrupted IG Reports can be Recovered]

Fraud and abuse investigations dating back to 2004 vanished when a database became corrupted, service officials said.

The U.S. Air Force has lost records concerning 100,000 investigations into everything from workplace disputes to fraud.

A database that hosts files from the Air Force’s inspector general and legislative liaison divisions became corrupted last month, destroying data created between 2004 and now, service officials said. Neither the Air Force nor Lockheed Martin, the defense firm that runs the database, could say why it became corrupted or whether they’ll be able to recover the information.

Lockheed tried to recover the information for two weeks before notifying the Air Force, according to a service statement.

The Air Force has begun asking for assistance from cybersecurity professionals at the Pentagon as well as from private contractors.

“We’ve kind of exhausted everything we can to recover within [the Air Force] and now we’re going to outside experts to see if they can help,” said Ann Stefanek, an Air Force spokeswoman at the Pentagon.

For now, Air Force officials don’t believe the crash was caused intentionally.

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4 Comments on "Computer Crash Wipes Out Years of Air Force Investigation Records"

  1. Mihai Muhuha Cescu | June 14, 2016 at 21:16 | Reply

    Has the US Air Force thought to ask for help from Russian or Romanian hackers in recovering the evidence of their abuses?

  2. AnonymousFox | June 14, 2016 at 18:06 | Reply

    @Dave Harper: CAP is a portion of their retirement package. Sadly, they often share “their package” with young female members.

    If anyone complains about this practice, they will be framed and slandered to distract. That is now coming to an end.

  3. Dave Harper | June 14, 2016 at 16:52 | Reply

    Like big brother blue (USAF), like little brother blue (CAP). The IG folks are corrupt at both ends.

  4. AnonymousFox | June 14, 2016 at 16:34 | Reply

    Is this how the US Air Force gets a “do-over”?

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