Deadly Flaw in Medical Infusion Pumps
The company CareFusion designs and manufacturers advanced medical equipment for some of the top hospitals around the world. Unfortunately, they also have their fair share of recalls. And some of them are more dire than others.
In 2015, the CareFusion Alaris Pump, which is designed to automatically deliver fluids and medicine to hospital patients, had a software error that caused the pump to delay infusion. Thankfully the issue was caught very early on, but the consequences could have been dire – potentially leading to accidental overdosing.
But that’s not all. CareFusion’s week got a lot worse when just four days later they had to issue a Class I recall for a separate line of ventilators. The issue? A software flaw that could cause patients to suffocate.
F-35 Fighter Plane Glitch
A couple of years ago, a software glitch in an F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet was identified to have a bug. The bug actually caused planes to incorrectly detect and lock in on the wrong targets when flying in formation.
As the company explained, each of the planes flying in formation must detect a target from varying angles. But the software was unable to differentiate between one target and multiple targets. In essence, the F-35s were seeing double. (And that’s not something you want when flying in formation at high speeds and high altitudes.)
Uber Software Bug Catches “Cheater”
Okay, let’s take a temporary break from the serious ones. Here’s one that’s pretty funny (unless you’re the main character of the story, that is.)
In France, a bug within the Uber app actually revealed a man’s affair with another woman to his wife. It ultimately led to a divorce and got Uber slapped with a $45 million lawsuit.
The bug, which causes Uber notifications to be pushed to a device even after you log out of the account on a specific device, actually sent several notifications to the Frenchman’s wife – clearly outlining his rendezvous to his mistress’ flat. The wife allegedly received the notifications because her husband had once called an Uber from her phone.
Software Bug Aids in Bank Heist
In 2016, a group of advanced hackers/thieves hijacked the Bangladesh Bank System and successfully transferred out over $81 million in four different transactions. They had another $870 million lined up, but a spelling error tipped off the bank and caused these additional transfers to be canceled.