My university has experienced a cyber attack that wiped out everybody’s information, erased the files people kept on their work computers, and destroyed all the computer systems (library services, health services, everything). It wasn’t an attempt to steal information, we are told, but simply an effort to mess with us.
It turns out that many people keep their work files on their office computers with no physical backup because they believed some cockamamie story our ITS gave them about saving everything in a cloud. Now it turns out there is no cloud and people lost their files. For people in the teaching profession, it’s quite a disaster because our teaching materials are unique and take a lifetime to develop.
I think everybody who doesn’t keep at least one copy of their files is in for trouble. I keep four, all in different places. An external drive doesn’t cost that much and backup is easy. Fuck clouds, I’m not giving over control of my stuff.