Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson claims that today’s computer glitches affecting United Airlines, The New York Stock Exchange and The Wall Street Journal are not the result of “nefarious” activity.
It seems a remarkable coincidence that all three computer glitches occurred within hours of one another.
Tens of thousands of United Airlines passengers were stranded at U.S. airports this morning after all of the carrier’s flights were grounded nationwide due to a “router problem.”
At around 8am EST, United requested that all of its planes be prevented from taking off after it suffered from a “network connectivity issue”, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Although United did not explain the nature of the issue, passengers said its reservation system was “down across the board” – meaning those without hard boarding passes could not check in. At some airports, United staff were pictured writing out boarding passes for fliers by hand. Shortly before 10am – two hours after the nationwide ground stop began – United resumed its service.
The computer error caused delays for around 3,500 flights at major U.S. airports before it was resolved, NBC reports. On its website, the FAA says the incident was due to “automation issues”.
The New York Stock Exchange halted all trading for “technical reasons” at 11:32am and only reopened at 3:10pm, but says the problem is an internal one and not the result of a cyberattack.
And The Wall Street Journal was also left unable to publish for several hours after its systems came under attack.
MSNBC claims the FBI is investigating the incidents.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement about the shutdown, saying there is currently “no sign of malicious activity”.