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Washington Post TechJul 19, 2024
What caused the Windows outages affecting flights, companies around the world
Microsoft said it was aware of an issue affecting Windows programs running cybersecurity technology from CrowdStrike. Here's how flights, hospitals and services were affected.

Wired NewsJul 19, 2024
Why the Global CrowdStrike Outage Hit Airports So Hard
The aviation industry is optimized within an inch of its life. A bad software update from cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike took down computers running Microsoft Windows—and a cascade of airports with it.

EngadgetJul 19, 2024
Faulty Windows cybersecurity update takes out banks, airlines and other major companies worldwide
A massive Microsoft Windows BSOD (blue screen of death) outage has impacted multiple companies worldwide including airlines, broadcasters and others. The problem was a caused by a faulty update from security giant CrowdStrike that forced PCs and servers into an unrecoverable boot loop. The change has since been rolled back, but many machines are still affected.

"We have widespread reports of BSODs on windows hosts, occurring on multiple sensor versions," CrowdStrike wrote in a pinned Reddit post. "[We have] identified a content deployment related to this issue and reverted those changes." The company went on to describe a workaround, which involves booting Windows into Safe Mode and deleting a specific driver. 

The issue forced Delta, Frontier and other airlines to ground flights, and impacted UK broadcaster Sky and the London Stock Exchange. On a Reddit thread, dozens of commenters stated that their companies were effectively offline due to the problem. 

"Even if [CrowdStrike] fixed the issue causing the BSOD, I'm thinking how are we going to restore the thousands of devices that are not booting up," one user noted. "Let me explain to someone who is not tech savvy and is working from home how to boot their machine into safe mode," another wrote. 

Reddit users including many IT managers from Australia, Malaysia, Japan, India, the Czech Republic and elsewhere have said they're fighting through the issue. "Here in the Philippines, specifically in my employer, it is like Thanos snapped his fingers. Half of the entire organization [is] down due to BSOD loop. Started at 2pm and is still ongoing. What a Friday," said one.

CrowdStrike is a US-based security firm that provides real-time protection against security threats to corporations. One of its key products is Fal

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