[Editor's note: A man seeking publicity for his start-up and a book falsely claimed that a line of bad code deleted his entire company. Read the update here.]
The owner of a web hosting company may have just deleted his entire company with one line of code.
Marco Marsala accidentally ran a destructive code on his computer that deleted everything on his device, including all of his customers' websites, according to a report in The Independent.
Marsala posted his coding mistake on Server Fault, a forum for server experts.
"I run a small hosting provider with more or less 1535 customers and I use Ansible to automate some operations to be run on all servers," Marsala wrote. "Last night I accidentally ran, on all servers, a Bash script...All servers got deleted and the offsite backups too because the remote storage was mounted just before by the same script (that is a backup maintenance script)."