Yesterday, the New York Stock Exchange was shut down for four hours because of a systems crash. A little earlier, computers went down at United Airlines, grounding flights nationwide. Also, the Wall Street Journal website went down.
Tech people say the day of disruptions in business, finance, and media was not caused by hackers or a foreign cyberattack, just a series of unrelated glitches. But it illustrates how dependent we have become on a sometimes fragile technology. [Read more...]