‘GPS systems will be struck by Y2K-like bug on April 6’: Security expert says he will NOT fly on ‘day zero’ after governments warn global devices will RESET due to calendar glitch…(2 Shutdowns So Far…)

Saturday, March 9, 2019
By Paul Martin

The error could cause disruption to plane’s navigation systems and electric grids
Time counters are predicted to roll back to zero in older GPS devices says expert
Experts raised the alert this week at RSA 2019 San Francisco security meeting
Bill Malik, vice president of Trend Micro, says he will not fly on April 6
Navigation systems on ships and older aircraft may be affected

By MILLY VINCENT
DAILYMAIL.COM
9 March 2019

GPS systems could be brought down next month due to a computer calendar error says information security expert.

An expert at the RSA 2019 security conference in San Francisco this week said he predicts a Y2K like computer error for older GPS systems to take place on April 6, in less than a month’s time.

The computers’ calendars could fail if GPS devices’ with older systems flip back to zero after literally running out of time, reaching the end of their counters.

A similar prediction, nicknamed Y2K, was made in 1999 as the world worried over an impending computer shutdown.

Bill Malik, vice president of Trend Micro, a Taiwanese multinational cyber security and defense company, told Tom’s Guide he wouldn’t fly on April 6 and compared the prediction to the 1999 Y2K calendar error – but suggests things may be worse this time around.

He said: ‘The effects would be more widespread because so many more systems have integrated GPS into their operations.’

‘Ports load and unload containers automatically, using GPS to guide the cranes.’

‘Public-safety systems incorporate GPS systems, as do traffic-monitoring systems for bridges.

‘Twenty years ago these links were primitive. Now they are embedded. So any impact now will be substantially greater.’

Governments have issued warnings to state and private sectors to update technology.

The US government published a memorandum called ‘Upcoming Global Positioning System Week Number Rollover Event’ in April 2018 warning manufacturers and private technology firms.

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