In late January of this year GitLab, a Git repository and source-code management service similar to GitHub, suffered the permanent loss of some customer data. As reported by The Register:
Behind the scenes, a tired sysadmin, working late at night in the Netherlands, had accidentally deleted a directory on the wrong server during a frustrating database replication process: he wiped a folder containing 300GB of live production data that was due to be replicated.
Just 4.5GB remained by the time he canceled the rm -rf command. The last potentially viable backup was taken six hours beforehand.
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