Thousands of websites around the world shutdown because of international bug

On Friday, a global software bug caused major issues for computers around the world. Earlier, a temporary fix was put in place and several high-profile services including Amazon and Netflix were affected, but the rest of the Internet was safe.

Governments around the world responded with their own attacks. In Montreal, Quebec’s government websites shut down as technicians attempted to find a fix.

Last week, Twitter officials confirmed that they were aware of a potential problem.

We’re aware of an issue impacting customers. We have fixed the issue and are currently investigating an impact to users in a number of countries. We’ll share more as soon as we have it. — Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 14, 2018

On Sunday, Canadian lawmakers also realized that similar issues had swept through government websites across the country, affecting several government agencies.

Massive software bug causes shutdown of Quebec gov. websites — CBC News (@CBCNews) July 22, 2018

The shutdown of Quebec’s governments websites and many other government sites around the world has brought the Montreal tech industry into the spotlight.

“When so many governments across the world have shut down online services over a single software bug, you know you are in trouble,” said Nicole Ferard, a web developer and long-time member of the computer program and innovation community.

Ferard said the situation should send a warning to Quebec’s tech industry: “If something goes wrong with our infrastructure, why should we expect that the federal government can always step in to help?”

A block on the internet that is affecting many countries started after researchers identified a vulnerability called Spectre and Meltdown. Those vulnerabilities could be exploited to hack the computers of multiple targets.

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