Computer History - 2003
Major computer events in 2003
Other computer events in 2003
The SQL Slammer (also known as Sapphire) worm is first released in January 25, 2003. The worm becomes the fastest spreading worm in history after infecting hundreds of thousands of computers on the Internet in less than three hours. Because the code instructs the server to go into an endless loop of continually sending out data to other computers, the worm caused distributed denial of service attacks across the Internet.
The space shuttle Columbia explodes fifteen minutes before it is scheduled to land on February 1, 2003, resulting in the death of all seven crew members.
Supreme court rules that sex offenders information and pictures can be posted online on March 3, 2003.
The first computer is infected with the Spybot worm on April 16, 2003.
The first D Conference is held in May.
The H.264 standard is completed in May 2003.
XDR DRAM begins being sold.
Internet site LinkedIn launches May 5, 2003.
The Digital Living Network Alliance was founded by Sony in June of 2003.
The Mozilla Foundation is officially formed on July 15, 2003.
The Blaster Worm is distributed to Web servers in August of 2003.
On October 24, 2003 the Sober computer worm is first discovered, a computer worm written in Visual Basic and distributed through e-mail.
President George W. Bush signs CAN-SPAM into law December 16, 2003, establishing the first United States' standards for sending commercial e-mail.
New computer products and services introduced in 2003
AMD releases its first 64-bit processor, the Athlon 64.
Puppy Linux is introduced.
PCLinuxOS is introduced.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is released March 28, 2003.
The Amazon Fire TV is released on April 12, 2003.
WordPress is first released on May 27, 2003.
The game Second Life is released June 23, 2003.
Microsoft introduces Windows Mobile 2003 on June 23, 2003
The Safari Internet browser is released June 30, 2003.
AMD releases the first Athlon 64 processor, the 3200+ (2.0 GHz, 1024 KB L2 cache), and the first Athlon 64 FX processor, the FX-51 (2.2 GHz, 1024 KB L2 cache), on September 23, 2003.
Adobe Photoshop CS (8.0) is released in October of 2003.
Apple introduces macOS X 10.3 code named Panther October 25, 2003.
ImageShack comes online in November 2003.
Microsoft releases FrontPage 2003, which ends up being the last version of Microsoft FrontPage.
Google releases Google Print in December 2003, which later becomes Google Book Search.
Computer companies founded in 2003
E-Tech is founded.
Computer company events in 2003
On June 09, 2003 Vector Capital Corp acquires Corel and plans on returning the company to a privately held company.
Yahoo! acquires Overture for $1.63 billion June 14, 2003.
Gumstix is founded.
Tally and Genicom merge to form TallyGenicom.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2003
Georgii Lopato passes away on February 13, 2003 (Age: 79)
Julian Bigelow passes away February 21, 2003 (Age: 90)
Roger Needham passes away March 1, 2003 (Age: 68)
Adam Osborne passes away March 18, 2003 (Age: 64)
Edgar Codd passes away April 18, 2003 (Age: 80)
Glen Culler passes away May 3, 2003 (Age: 76)
I. Bernard Cohen passes away June 23, 2003 (Age: 89)
Eugene Kleiner passes away November 20, 2003 (Age: 80)
Mark Pinsker passes away December 23, 2003 (Age: 78)