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Dallas IT Worker Loses Files on Open Criminal Cases

Police might have to investigate the crimes again

(Newser) - A massive amount of information on criminal cases dating to July 2020 has been lost from the Dallas Police Department computer database, authorities revealed on Wednesday. In a statement, the Dallas County District Attorney's Office said the loss occurred in early April as the police department performed a data...

Woman Tried to Warn Apple About 'FacePalm' Bug

She says she tried everything 'short of smoke signals'

(Newser) - A mother in Arizona says her teenage son uncovered a major security hole in FaceTime more than a week ago—but it was very difficult to get Apple to take it seriously. Michelle Thompson tells the Wall Street Journal that her 14-year-old son, Grant, discovered the bug, which allows users...

Hundreds Lost Their Homes Thanks to Computer Glitch

Wells Fargo said a mistake contributed to hundreds of foreclosures

(Newser) - Wells Fargo says a company mistake contributed to hundreds of foreclosures because it miscalculated customers' eligibility for mortgage modifications, per the AP. The bank said in a filing Friday the error caused about 625 customers to be denied, or not offered, loan modifications they otherwise qualified for. Foreclosures were...

More Than 3K Wa. Prisoners Mistakenly Freed Early

'Frankly, it is maddening'

(Newser) - More than 3,000 prisoners in Washington have been mistakenly released early since 2002 because of an error by the state's Department of Corrections. At a news conference Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said he has ordered immediate steps to correct the long-standing problem. "Frankly, it is maddening,"...

Scarier Than CyberTerrorists? Sucky Software

Band-Aids on creaky infrastructures can hold them together for only so long

(Newser) - "Don't be scared. Don't even be worried." That was Felix Salmon's advice on Fusion after computer glitches darkened the New York Stock Exchange , took the Wall Street Journal offline, and grounded United flights . But today on Medium , Zeynep Tufekci writes that while she gets Salmon'...

Oops: Delta Website Glitch Doles Out Cheap Tickets

Airline will honor the discount prices

(Newser) - Delta Air Lines had an inadvertent sale today, all thanks to a website glitch, reports Bloomberg . Lucky customers boasted on social media of scooping up round-trip flights across the country for about $50 at before the company figured out what was happening. The good news for those customers...

United to Honor Tickets Sold for $0

Company won't say how much it is losing

(Newser) - Congratulations to all those lucky travelers who booked flights via the United Airlines website during a few magical hours yesterday: Tickets were accidentally sold for free , and the company says it will honor them. United isn't saying how many tickets were sold or much it will lose, reports Bloomberg...

Southwest Cancels Flights Over Computer Glitch

About 60 scheduled for last night and this morning were scrapped

(Newser) - A system-wide computer failure forced Southwest Airlines to ground its entire fleet of airplanes preparing for departures late yesterday, and at least 57 flights had to be canceled even after service was fully restored hours later. A spokesman said 43 of the cancellations were flights scheduled for departures last night...

American Resumes Flights After Computer Glitch

But delays likely to continue

(Newser) - American Airlines is flying once again after a massive computer glitch grounded all flights nationwide for about four hours this afternoon, reports the Wall Street Journal . The airline had to cancel or delay more than 1,300 flights starting about 1pm Eastern because it couldn't access its reservations system,...

Fliers Stuck on Planes After United Computer Glitch

It's at least the third big computer outage since June

(Newser) - Thousands of United Airlines passengers around the globe are stranded at airports and on planes after another computer outage at the world's largest carrier, at least the third major outage for the Chicago-based airline since June. Passengers are being told by pilots and airport agents that computers are down...

United Wings Clipped in Major Computer Glitch

Fliers delayed hours as reservations shut down

(Newser) - A computer system glitch yesterday snarled United Airlines passenger and reservation records, triggering long delays for passengers. The glitch was the latest in a string of snafus since the airline combined computer systems with Continental's in the spring. Some 200 flights were delayed, and the reservation system and website...

United Computers Crash, Strand Thousands

Airline blames 'network connectivity'

(Newser) - United Airlines said Saturday that a computer glitch that grounded flights nationwide and left some passengers stranded overnight had been fixed. The airline blamed the problem on "a network connectivity issue" and said it was in the process of resuming normal operations. But the airline also indicated passengers may...

Facebook Users Report Glitches, Slow Speed

Site says it's working on the problem

(Newser) - Facebook users have been complaining about problems with the site today. Users in the US and other countries took to Twitter beginning this morning to say they couldn't log in or were experiencing slow speeds. A spokesman said the company is working to restore access and, without giving a specific...

FAA Says Airport Computer Glitch Fixed
FAA Says Airport Computer Glitch Fixed

FAA Says Airport Computer Glitch Fixed

System broke down in both Atlanta and Salt Lake City

(Newser) - FAA officials say failed computers that delayed flights across the country are now working again. The air traffic controllers union says the computer failure involved both of the Federal Aviation Administration's computer centers in Salt Lake City and Atlanta, which handle flight plans for air traffic throughout the country.

Computer Crash May Have Doomed Air France Flight

Crash raises questions on if today's pilots can cope with computer failure

(Newser) - Investigators trying to piece together the fate of Air France Flight 447 in the absence of its black boxes are focusing on possible computer failures, the Wall Street Journal reports. The evidence suggests a problem with the sensors quickly snowballed into widespread computer outages, leaving the crew struggling to manage...

Google Flags Entire Internet as Malware


(Newser) - Anyone searching on Google for a short stretch early this morning got a rude awakening. Every result on the search giant turned up the warning, "This site may harm your computer,” ZDNet reports, and firewalls on personal PCs blocked them accordingly. Google blames the glitch—from 6:30am...

Spellchecker Gaffes Add Sparkle to Serious Stories

(Newser) - The so-called Cupertino effect has been creeping into major US newspapers and government reports, at times adding unintended humor to serious stories, BoingBoing reports. The effect—named after Microsoft Word 97's habit of replacing "co-operation" with "Cupertino" in its spellchecker—has slipped spell-checker-related gaffes into Reuters...

Computer Crash Paralyzes London Trading

Dealers miss out on millions in stock market surge

(Newser) - A catastrophic computer crash shut out dismayed London traders from the market yesterday as stocks soared around the world in the wake of the US bailout of Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, the Times of London reports. The seven-hour systems failure at the London Stock Exchange is estimated to have...

FAA Delays: Same Problem, No Solutions
FAA Delays:
Same Problem, No Solutions

FAA Delays: Same Problem, No Solutions

Agency learned little—if that—from previous, too-similar failures

(Newser) - A software glitch that left thousands of passengers delayed or stranded at US airports yesterday is becoming a familiar problem with the Federal Aviation Administration, Kevin Kelleher writes in Portfolio. Pretty much the same thing—a cascade of overloaded servers—happened last week, and last year. "With 20-20 hindsight,...

FAA Glitch Causes Widespread Flight Delays
FAA Glitch Causes Widespread Flight Delays

FAA Glitch Causes Widespread Flight Delays

(Newser) - A computer glitch in an FAA computer system caused flight delays around the country today, the Wall Street Journal reports. The situation appeared to be easing this evening as airports—Atlanta, Chicago, and Boston were hardest hit—got back on track. The snag hit one of two FAA facilities that...

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