Independent Investigative Journalism and Commentary from New Orleans, LA
Thursday, July 02, 2009
For the techies
I made contact with Christopher Reade to get some technical information on what was actually done to retrieve Nagin's emails....my email and his reponse:
In regards to the backup tapes that were supposed to be created for all of city Hall emails:
1. Were the tapes actually created.
2. If so, I am assuming that Nagin's email account was deleted before the backups were generated....is this correct? Or were the tapes themselves tampered with?
Who is the ISP responsible for the city's email transmissions? Is it CIBER and were the servers set up to archive all email transmissions or not?
Also...did you attempt to actually recover data off of erased drives on both Nagin's computer and the email servers or just one or the other?
Lastly, were the drives O'd in order to overwrite the blocks?
They used to have two-week rolling tapes. In February they switched to an off-site and more robust on-site procedure. The tapes I was given access to were from February of this year. I had no access to tapes before then.
2. Tapes weren’t tampered with – just no data from the past.
ISP – not sure. I suspect they have more than one. The servers only started archiving off-site in February as I understand it.
I was only given access to the two mail servers for themayorofno.comdomain so I have no idea what is on his or any other employee’s PCs. He said today that “all” of his e-mail was recovered from his “personal computer” so perhaps they found an old OST file on it.
Not sure if the server drive was “shredded” but we should know soon…