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Windows outage potentially double Microsoft's official estimation

Jak Connor | Jul 21, 2024 3:20 AM CDT

On Friday, independent cybersecurity company CrowdStrike rolled out a driver update that knocked millions of Windows PCs offline, resulting in airlines, telecommunications providers, banks, emergency services, and many other facets of society being disrupted.

Windows outage potentially double Microsoft's official estimation

The outage was truly global, affecting multiple countries and critical infrastructure in various regions. CrowdStrike promptly responded with a workaround for the faulty driver that caused Windows machines to enter infinite boot loops with dreaded blue screens of death (BSOD). Unfortunately, the workaround requires physical intervention with the machine, as a user must boot into Safe Mode or Windows Recovery to delete the faulty driver.

For companies that rely heavily on Windows machines for day-to-day operations, this manual remedy will prove extremely time-consuming. With so many Windows machines affected by the outage, it begs the question of exactly how many Microsoft-powered devices were affected. Microsoft recently took to its blog to reveal the first internally estimated number. Redmond said it estimates 1% of its total Windows machines were affected by the CrowdStrike update, or approximately 8.5 million machines.

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Microsoft reveals how many Windows PCs were bricked by CrowdStrike

Jak Connor | Jul 21, 2024 12:02 AM CDT

The world experienced one of, if not the biggest IT outage in history over the weekend, as independent cybersecurity company CrowdStrike rolled out a faulty driver update that caused millions of Windows PCs to be hit with the dreaded blue screen of death.

Microsoft reveals how many Windows PCs were bricked by CrowdStrike

The IT outage affected numerous facets of society, including emergency services, hospitals, airlines, supermarkets, payment systems, telecommunications companies, stock exchanges, and more. The problem was traced back to a faulty driver that was pushed out by CrowdStrike, and since the issue resulted in affected PCs entering boot loops the fix has to be performed manually, which poses a real issue to businesses and companies that heavily rely on multiple Windows PCs.

Microsoft has now taken to its blog to recognize the outage, writing that while it wasn't the outage isn't the company's fault, it's working with CrowdStrike to remedy the situation for affected customers.

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Officials warn of dangerous scam targeting victims of historic Windows outage

Jak Connor | Jul 20, 2024 2:54 AM CDT

The CrowdStrike update that knocked millions of Windows PCs into boot loop cycles and blue screen of death error (BSOD) messages is truly a historic time for IT chaos, and with chaos comes people wanting to take advantage of the vulnerable.

Officials warn of dangerous scam targeting victims of historic Windows outage

An update containing a faulty driver was mistakenly verified and added to CrowdStrike's production line, which was then pushed out to millions of Windows computers around the globe. The millions of Windows PCs stuck blue screening have disrupted an exponential list of industries and critical infrastructure. For example, airlines were grounded, hospitals were knocked offline, and payment systems have fallen. The outage has disrupted banks, stock exchanges, supermarkets, and more.

Unfortunately, the fix for this problem must be done manually. A user must reboot the affected machine as many as fifteen times to enter Windows Recovery or boot to Safe Mode. From there, the user must locate a file and delete the broken driver. Then, simply reboot. With millions of PCs affected around the world and people searching for a workaround to fix their affected system or systems, users must be careful not to fall for scams claiming to have solutions.

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Microsoft CEO responds to millions of Windows PCs blue screening globally

Jak Connor | Jul 20, 2024 1:20 AM CDT

The world's largest IT outage is currently being felt across the globe as millions of Windows PCs are stuck with the dreaded blue screen of death.

Microsoft CEO responds to millions of Windows PCs blue screening globally

The IT outage has brought down critical infrastructure across the planet. An update issued by CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity software company that provides Microsoft with security solutions for Windows, contained a faulty driver that caused all affected systems to boot Windows incorrectly, resulting in the now rampant blue screen of death (BSOD).

Millions of systems were disrupted, including banks, airlines, emergency services, supermarkets, payment systems, telecommunications, businesses, hospitals, stock exchanges, and more. Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella took to X to comment on the recent outage, saying Microsoft is aware of this issue that is occurring globally and is working with CrowdStrike to provide "customers technical guidance and support to safely bring their systems back online."

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CrowdStrike responds to causing the biggest IT outage in history with a workaround

Jak Connor | Jul 19, 2024 11:02 PM CDT

The world's most significant IT outage is happening right now, and numerous countries and critical infrastructures are still recovering from or suffering from the dreaded Windows Blue Screen of Death (BSOD).

CrowdStrike responds to causing the biggest IT outage in history with a workaround

Millions of Windows PCs across the planet are being hit with the BSOD, with the affected systems disrupting banks, airlines, emergency services, supermarkets, payment systems, telecommunications, businesses, hospitals, stock exchanges, and more. The problem was traced back to CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity software company that issues solutions to Microsoft for its Windows operating system. CrowdStrike issued an update on Friday to its security platform, Falcon, which caused the "Falcon Sensor" component critically failing.

More specifically, a faulty driver update identified as "C-00000291.sys" is the culprit behind the outage. This driver addressed invalid memory space, causing Windows to boot incorrectly and, ultimately, the BSOD. Luckily, there is already a fix for the issue, but it appears it will have to be done manually, as it involves booting the affected PC in Windows Safe Mode or Windows Recovery.

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US regulator laughs at Microsoft's new Game Pass tier calling it a 'degraded product'

Jak Connor | Jul 19, 2024 4:16 AM CDT

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) isn't happy with Microsoft's decision to increase the price of the Xbox Game Pass subscription.

US regulator laughs at Microsoft's new Game Pass tier calling it a 'degraded product'

The FTC filed a document with the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, claiming the decision to increase the price of Game Pass was a move by a company "exercising market power" after its acquisition with Activision-Blizzard. The FTC filing states that Microsoft's price increases and "product degradation," combined with its "reduced investments in output and product quality via employee layoffs," are hallmarks for it exerting its power on the market.

Notably, the filing is part of a larger appeal lodged by the FTC regarding Microsoft's acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which was finalized in October last year. While the $68.7 billion deal is completed, it still has an appeal in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which has yet to receive a ruling. The FTC calls the new Game Pass subscription tier a "degraded product" and explains its reasoning below.

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Windows blue screen fix found following global operating system outage

Jak Connor | Jul 19, 2024 3:43 AM CDT

Millions of Windows systems around the world are experiencing the blue screen of death or are stuck in repetitive boot loops after an update was rolled out by the cybersecurity software platform CrowdStrike, which provides cybersecurity solutions to Microsoft.

Windows blue screen fix found following global operating system outage

The outage is truly global, with reports indicating severe outages across Australia, India, and various other locations. Critical infrastructure has been affected across Australia, with banks, airlines, payment systems, telecommunications providers, and emergency services being knocked offline. Supermarkets and other retailers across Australia are closing their doors as they are unable to access their point-of-sale systems.

So, how do you fix a Windows blue screen of death (BSOD)? Microsoft states in its blogpost that a BSOD presents itself when a serious issue is detected in Windows. That issue can be either hardware or software-related. To bypass the blue screen of death a user will need to boot the computer in Safe Mode or Windows recovery environment. The steps for that process can be found below.

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Breaking - Global Microsoft outage causes blue screen of death on millions Windows PCs

Jak Connor | Jul 19, 2024 3:22 AM CDT

IT security firm CrowdStrike has experienced an outage that has resulted in millions of Windows PCs around the world being knocked offline.

Breaking - Global Microsoft outage causes blue screen of death on millions Windows PCs

The outage hasn't just affected PCs at home, but also critical infrastructure across multiple countries. CrowdStrike, which provides cybersecurity solutions to Microsoft for its Windows operating system, issued an update on Friday, which is suspected to be the cause of millions of Windows PCs getting hit blue screens of death (BSOD) error messages. Some reports indicate Windows PCs are being thrown in repetitive boot cycles.

What has this affected? Airlines across multiple countries have been grounded, 911 services in various states in the US are down, news outlets have been knocked offline in Australia, and some Point-of-Sale (POS) systems have been disrupted. Australia is seemingly experiencing the worst of the problem, as universities, POS systems, banks, telecommunications providers, and more have been knocked offline.

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Global Microsoft outage knocks 911 service offline across multiple US states

Jak Connor | Jul 19, 2024 3:08 AM CDT

An outage due to a failure of CrowdStrike, a cybersecurity platform that provides cybersecurity solutions for Microsoft, has caused the 911 service to be unusable in multiple US states.

Global Microsoft outage knocks 911 service offline across multiple US states

A major IT outage began unfolding globally only a matter of hours ago as the cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike, which provides cybersecurity solutions to Microsoft for its Windows operating system, confirmed it experienced an issue that has resulted in many systems becoming unusable, including critical infrastructure such health services and emergency services.

The outage at CrowdStrike has affected many IT systems worldwide, including multiple countries such as India, Australia, Germany, and US emergency 911 services, along with select US airlines. The outage has seemingly hit Australia the hardest, as reports indicate some digital payments systems are now down, planes have been grounded, Sky News was knocked off the air, banks, telecommunications companies, and more.

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FBI reveals it used unreleased technology to crack the Trump shooter's phone

Jak Connor | Jul 19, 2024 2:02 AM CDT

On Sunday, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) said it was struggling to gain access to the phone owned by the man identified as Donald Trump's shooter.

FBI reveals it used unreleased technology to crack the Trump shooter's phone

The phone owned by Thomas Matthew Crooks, the man who shot and wounded former US President Donald Trump on July 13, had his phone seized by the FBI, who attempted to gain access to it in hopes of establishing a clear motivation for the attempted assassination. However, the FBI was unable to it themselves and contacted Israeli digital intelligence company Cellebrite, which specializes in providing data management tools for federal, state, and local law enforcement, along with enterprise companies.

The information comes from Bloomberg, who was in contact with people close to the investigation who requested anonymity to be able to speak freely. The local FBI bureau in Pittsburgh uses the Cellebrite software, but that software couldn't bypass the security on Crooks' Android-powered Samsung smartphone. The FBI contacted the Cellebrite team and then was transferred to the FBI in Quantico, Virginia, to provide technical support while it was developing new cracking software.

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