History’s Worst Software Bugs

It’s all too easy to come up with a list of bugs that have wreaked havoc. It’s harder to rate their severity. Which is worse — a security vulnerability that’s exploited by a computer worm to shut down the internet for a few days or a typo that triggers a day-long crash of the nation’s phone system? The answer depends on whether you want to make a phone call or check your e-mail.
 
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