Examples of software failure are depressingly common. Here are some you may recognise:
The first launch of the European Space Agency Ariane 5 rocket in June 1996 failed after 371/2 seconds. A software error caused the rocket to deviate from its vertical ascent, and the self-destruct capabilities were enacted before the then unpredictable flight path resulted in a bigger problem.
When the UK Government introduced online filing of tax returns, a user could sometimes see the amount that a previous user earned. This was regardless of the physical location of the two applicants.
In November 2005, information on the UK’s top 10 wanted criminals was displayed on a website. The publication of this information was described in newspapers ...