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Cosmic Rays Causing 30,000 Network Malfunctions in Japan Each Year

Accepted submission by NPC-131072 at 2021-04-07 23:19:56 from the Mokusatsu dept.

Mainichi []

Cosmic rays are causing an estimated 30,000 to 40,000 malfunctions in domestic network communication devices in Japan every year, a Japanese telecom giant found recently.

Most so-called "soft errors," or temporary malfunctions, in the network hardware of Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp. are automatically corrected via safety devices, but experts said in some cases they may have led to disruptions.

It is the first time the actual scale of soft errors in domestic information infrastructures has become evident.

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