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A Hindenbug is a catastrophic bug that destroys data, and may also shut down systems or cause other major problems with an IT system. It is a general IT slang word for a major bug that does more than just create a nuisance or an annoyance for users.
In 1937, the German Hindenburg airship caught fire, ultimately killing dozens of people. The widely recorded disaster stood as a symbol of tragic emergency situations gone wrong. Nearly a century later, the name Hindenburg was morphed into this slang term to describe code problems that result in serious consequences for developers and users. A Hindenbug might result, for example, when a mislabeled variable or incorrect parameter causes input data to crash and be destroyed in a software application. It is a massive consequence, because that data cannot be recovered. Programmers take Hindenbugs very seriously.