A US man who had been convicted on a second-degree murder charge will get a new trial after a computer virus destroyed transcripts of court proceedings. In the circumstances the Third District Court of Appeal had no option but to strike the conviction and order a fresh trial. Court stenographers normally record proceedings on both paper and digital disk, but in this case the stenographer forgot to bring enough rolls of paper and relied on digital recordings alone to chronicle proceedings. She transferred this data to her PC and erased it from the stenograph. The PC subsequently became infected by an unidentified virus, causing the destruction of the records. No secure backup was taken.