So let’s say you’re the head of the Office of Special Counsel, a government agency charged with protecting whistleblowers (i.e. people who offer information of government wrongdoing). And let’s say you are being investigated yourself for "improperly retaliating against employees and dismissing whistleblower cases without adequate examination." The investigators ask to examine your computer hard drive. But they find it has been wiped clean. What’s your story?
Scott Bloch’s story is that some of his files were deleted by the tech from Geeks On Call who came to help him get rid of some pesky viruses. Okay, I’ll admit it’s suspect. Still it’s possible that the Geek accidentally erased a few files in the process of sanitizing his computer. But, according to the Wall St. Journal, Bloch "had his computer’s hard disk completely cleansed using a "seven-level" wipe: a thorough scrubbing that conforms to Defense Department data-security standards."
How much does Geeks On Call charge for a seven-level wipe? In Bloch’s case it was $1,149, but you can probably get it done for less if you don’t have a rush request. So next time you have a question about corporate or governmental document retention policies be sure to call the helpful folks at Geeks On Call.