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Updated by bugsaholics on May 27, 2022
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The software bugs that caused the world a real Headache!

Here are some of the world's most serious software bugs that caused major issues that you probably didn't hear about, unless if you did:). Please let us know your thoughts and don't forget to vote for your faves!

The Almost World War Three Nuclear Mistake - Caused by a Software Bug!

Lets review something again. In the world of coding, an error is a mistake made by human, when found by the tester is called a Defect. When the Defect is accepted by the dev team then it is called Bug. When the Bug causes major malfunctions of the system and it causes for the app…

The Millennium Bug That Caused the World well...just A 500 Billion Bucks !

In this part we prepared one of the most costly software bugs in history... for now, of course) This bug is considered almost a joke for nowadays IT world, but 21 years ago the majority of people had absolutely no idea HOW the computer worked. The mistakes were made and some of them, well, they’d…

ARIANE 5 the Rocket with Beautiful name but Fatal Destiny - Software Bug!

This bug can be titled: “How an integer killed a rocket”. Did you guess it? Today we’ll talk about ARIANE 5.  Beautiful name, fatal destiny. The event took place on June 4th, 1996, when the very first Ariane 5 rocket was launched by the European Space Agency and bolted away from the coast of Kourou,…

The Radiation Oscilation Disaster - Software Bug

The story : “In 1986, Ray Cox went into the clinic for his usual radiation treatment in his shoulder. The technician mistakenly typed "x" into the computer, which signified x-ray beam, then immediately realizing the error, changed the "x" into an "e" for electron beam, and hit "enter", showing the machine that they were ready…

When Smart goes SMARS the money get lost - Software Bug!

“In trading/investing, it’s not about how much you make but rather how much you don’t lose.” Bernard Baruch And we agree with him. Trading is already a risky business, but add a computer error to it and you take a beating. As you have guessed already something huge happened in the trading world and our…

The Chinook Mk2 Engine System Failure - Software Bug!

In most tragedies the human is to blame. Research suggests, that no matter what kind of activity or task, humans make 3 to 6 errors per hour and on average 50 errors per day (work shift). But that’s not always the case. In fact, today in our History of Software Bugs column, we’ll get to one…