Apple text bomb bug ‘can cause phone crash with a single message’

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ITV News – January 18, 2018

ISSUE: can crash an Apple phone or computer with a single text message

ROOT CAUSE: A “text bomb” software bug (a malicious link)

IMPACT: A number of Twitter users confirmed they had suffered crashes in their Messages app… some saying that they struggled to get their systems working properly again

Spectre and Meltdown processor security flaws – explained

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the Guardian – January 6, 2018

ISSUE: Meltdown is “probably one of the worst CPU bugs ever found”

IMPACT: could in theory steal your data

ISSUE: Spectre… is harder for hackers to take advantage of but is also more difficult to fix and is expected to be a bigger problem in the long term

IMPACT: potentially allows hackers to trick otherwise error-free applications into giving up secret information

IMPACT: Practically every computing device

Verifone hit by global outage on card machines

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the Guardian – January 16, 2018

ISSUE: Shops, football stadiums and taxis unable to take payments from frustrated customers

IMPACT: “Seeing as I have to take card payments by law as a London cabbie, your system failure means I can’t work…”

IMPACT: supermarkets such as Waitrose

IMPACT: Reading Football Club… could not take any card payments at Madejski Stadium

ROOT CAUSE: a “global outage” on its card machines

London bus safety announcements: TfL to fix ‘technical glitch’ behind wrongly-timed ‘please hold on’ warnings

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Evening Standard – January 15, 2018

ISSUE: repeatedly subjected bus passengers to wrongly-timed safety announcements

IMPACT: “please hold on, the bus is about to move”… once the bus has already started moving

IMPACT: irked travellers have dubbed them “insanely annoying” and “condescending nonsense”

ROOT CAUSE: the announcements are based on an average time that a bus waits at a bus stop and, if a bus pulls off too quickly, the alerts are put out of sync

Sickness benefit recipients receive unexpected payment due to computer glitch

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Derry Journal – January 8, 2018

ISSUE: some Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) customers will receive weekly payments instead of their normal fortnightly payments

IMPACT: customers should take account of this split in payments while planning their financial needs and budget accordingly

ROOT CAUSE: a technical issue in the benefits computer system

COMPANY RESPONSE: DfC apologised for any inconvenience caused

Southcentral Kentucky clerk’s office deals with computer glitch

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Wayne County Outlook – January 8, 2018

ISSUE: A new computer system used to record motor vehicle licensing, deeds, mortgages, liens and other daily transactions… created some intense challenges

ROOT CAUSE: due to the change of the computer system and deputy clerks’ being unfamiliar with the changes

ROOT CAUSE: (another viewpoint) the glitch originated from a system failure rather than from any alleged ‘lack of training’ on his staff’s behalf.

AFFECTED: “We had to enter manually every check and all the cash… “These girls stayed here until 8:30 that night – they came in at 8 that morning, only took a half-hour lunch and no breaks all day.”

E-pay glitch a bad omen

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Bangkok Post – January 3, 2018

ISSUE: country’s national e-payment system, PromptPay, failed to handle… the calendar changing to 2018

IMPACT: disrupted about 20,000 financial transactions for eight hours

ROOT CAUSE: a result of an error made by the foreign software developers, which mistakenly set the wrong date and time for the Thai calendar

Hawaii missile false alarm due to badly designed user interface, reports say

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the Guardian – January 16, 2018

IMPACT: A false alarm warning Hawaiians of an incoming ballistic missile on Saturday

ROOT CAUSE: badly designed user interface

ROOT CAUSE: employer pressed button labelled ‘missile alert’, instead of the one next to it marked ‘test missile alert’

COMPANY RESPONSE: added a “cancellation button”… HEMA has also added a requirement for a second person to confirm the message to be sent