Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Emergent network outages

From The New York Times

Though it was the kind of chaos that malevolent computer intruders always seem to be creating in the movies, the problem was traced to a malfunctioning network card on a desktop computer. The flawed card slowed the network and set off a domino effect as failures rippled through the customs network at the airport, officials said.

[. . . ] experts say that some of the most serious, even potentially devastating, problems with networks arise from sources with no malevolent component.

The complete New York Times story

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