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Major Software Bugs in History

August 12, 2009
Some major system failures caused by software bugs:
  1. In May of 1996, according to newspaper reports a software bug caused the bankaccounts of 823

customers of a major U.S. bank to be credited with $924,844,208.32 each.

  1. Due to a lack in exception handling caused a loss of half billion dollar loss on June 4 1996 the

first flight of the European Space Agency’s new Ariane 5 rocket failed shortly after launching.

  1. In January 1998, due to a software defect a major U.S telecommunication company resulted with no

charge for long distance calls for 400,000 customers.

  1. In March of 1999, a town Illinois in the U.S. received an unusually large monthly electric bill of $7

million. This was caused by software a defect. It result the customer about 700 times larger than

its normal bill.

5.  In April of 1999 a software bug caused the failure of a $1.2 billion U.S. military satellite launch.

  1. Due to a simple data conversion error in October of 1999 the $125 million NASA Mars Climate

Orbiter spacecraft were failed.

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