Suspected computer bug cripples Delta airline: another case of cyber attacks beating cyber security?
A suspected system wide computer bug has brought the US airline Delta (and resulting other airlines) to its knees.
“Delta experienced a computer outage that has impacted flights scheduled for this morning,” it said in a statement.
Thousands of passengers are stranded.
On Twitter, Delta told passengers: “Our systems are down everywhere.”
The airline has said en route flights are unaffected, but passengers awaiting departure are currently delayed.
The bug has had such an effect that it is not possible to rebook passengers on other airline carriers.
It is a system wide failure.
This is the latest security breach following a year where smart city transport, seismic sensors, healthcare providers and a host of other ‘secure’ systems have been hacked (or have proven to be susceptible to hacks).
As technology continues to become a constant and dominating global presence, the regularity and crippling effect of cyber attacks will increase.
The digital economy and computer-controlled transport systems are two examples of how society is becoming more reliant on technology.
As we become more reliant, the effects of malware will become exponentially more severe.
The mayhem following the computer bug at Delta, which has affected many other airlines, is the latest example of this.