A software bug is an error or fault in a computer program that produces an incorrect or unexpected activity. Bugs can be accidental errors in computer programming, or they can result from illegal activity by hackers.
Thomas Edison arguably coined the term of “bug” in the late 1800s, and companies have spent years trying to flush them out. Powerhouse company Apple has its share of problems right now, but the message “Error 53” is no longer one of them.
Error 53 showed up early in 2016 on Touch ID-equipped iPhones, and disabled, or bricked, the smartphones. Some reports say the error occurred when a third party fixed the iPhone’s home button.
But this is only one of a number of computer bugs that have bitten technology over the years. We’ve lined up three others that have taken place over the years, starting with:
1.) Apple; Jan. 1, 1970.
Another Apple mishap. It seems that anyone who decided to manually reset their iOS 8 or 9 to the date January 1, 1970, would crash their devices. The phones would mainly be stuck at the Apple logo after a restart. Even restore options failed to get the devices to operate.
The issue occurred in 64-bit processors running iOS 8 or 9 devices. Apple Support acknowledged the problem and promised to fix it in a software update.
Back in January of 1990, AT&T customers found themselves unable to complete long distance calls. The company’s 114 AT&T Electronic Switching System had all been disabled and were trying to reboot.
AT&T spent about 9 hours trying to determine what was wrong. According to U Test, they lost more than 75 million calls during that time and about $60 million. A one-line bug in the 4ESS created the problem.
The new millennium of 2000 caused worldwide concerns about a computer bug that never was. People feared that all of the systems in place on December 31, 1999, would not be able to change over four digits without causing disasters in operations everywhere.
But the world continued to turn on Jan. 1, 2000. And Y2K may have marked the beginning of better days for a series of Information Technology professionals.
Before that, there was an old legend about the first ever computer bug. It was an actual bug- a moth.
We go back to Sept. 9, 1945, for this story. Computerworld tells us that the Mark II Aiken Relay Computer at Harvard had an issue between the points in Relay 70. Technicians found a moth and taped the bug in their logbook.
This story is believed to be nothing more than a legend. In the Error 53 story, the matter was corrected when Apple released an update to iOS 9.2.1 to enable users to restore their devices through iTunes. Apple originally said the flaw was a security measure for the Touch ID feature.
Regular updates to your anti-virus system and staying alerted to unusual looking emails, attachments, or even moths, would be a good start toward keeping your computer protected.