Computers halt a launch, Google is incorporated and Code Red Worm returns. All on today’s On This Day from TestHuddle.
Just seconds before ignition, a computer halts an engine test in preparation for the launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. The computer controlling the shuttle’s engines determined that a valve wasn’t closing fast enough and sent a major component failure command to all three engines, telling them to shut down. The new test and computer systems are a response from NASA’s for higher standards of safety after the Challenger explosion in 1986.
Google is Incorporated as a privately held company. Developed by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the search engine was originally called “Back Rub”. The incorporation is brought on by Sun co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim writing a cheque for $100,000 to Google Inc, a company which did not exist at the time he wrote the cheque.
A re-write of the Code Red worm, named Code Red II, begins spreading across the Internet. The worm is designed to exploit a security hole in the indexing software included as part of Microsoft’s Internet Information Server (IIS) web server software. China is especially hard-hit. The image shows countries affected by the virus.
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