Major Software Bugs in History
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Due to a simple data conversion error in October of 1999 the $125 million NASA Mars Climate
Orbiter spacecraft were failed.