Computer History - 2003
Major computer events in 2003
Other computer events in 2003
The SQL Slammer (also known as Sapphire) worm was first released on 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 was 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 was infected with the Spybot worm on April 16, 2003.
The first D Conference was held in May 2003.
The H.264 standard was completed in May 2003.
XDR DRAM began being sold in 2003.
Internet site LinkedIn launched on May 5, 2003.
The Digital Living Network Alliance was founded by Sony in June 2003.
The Mozilla Foundation was officially formed on July 15, 2003.
The Blaster Worm was distributed to Web servers in August 2003.
On October 24, 2003, the Sober computer worm was first discovered, a computer worm written in Visual Basic and distributed through e-mail.
President George W. Bush signed CAN-SPAM into law on December 16, 2003, establishing the first United States' standards for sending commercial e-mail.
New computer products and services introduced in 2003
AMD released its first 64-bit processor, the Athlon 64 in 2003.
Puppy Linux was introduced in 2003.
PCLinuxOS was introduced in 2003.
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was released on March 28, 2003.
The Amazon Fire TV was released on April 12, 2003.
WordPress was first released on May 27, 2003.
The game Second Life was released on June 23, 2003.
Microsoft introduced Windows Mobile 2003 on June 23, 2003.
The Safari Internet browser was released on June 30, 2003.
AMD released 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) was released in October 2003.
Apple introduced macOS X 10.3 code-named Panther on October 25, 2003.
ImageShack came online in November 2003.
Pirate Bay came online in November 2003.
Microsoft releases FrontPage 2003, which ends up being the last version of Microsoft FrontPage.
Google released Google Print in December 2003, which later becomes Google Book Search.
Computer companies founded in 2003
E-Tech was founded in 2003.
Linode was founded in 2003.
Computer company events in 2003
On June 09, 2003, Vector Capital Corp acquired Corel and plans on returning the company to a privately held company.
Yahoo! acquired Overture for $1.63 billion on June 14, 2003.
Gumstix was founded in 2003.
NComputing was founded in 2003.
Tally and Genicom merge to form TallyGenicom.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2003
Georgii Lopato passed away on February 13, 2003 (Age: 79).
Julian Bigelow passed away on February 21, 2003 (Age: 90).
Roger Needham passed away on March 1, 2003 (Age: 68).
Adam Osborne passed away on March 18, 2003 (Age: 64).
Edgar Codd passed away on April 18, 2003 (Age: 80).
Glen Culler passed away on May 3, 2003 (Age: 76).
I. Bernard Cohen passed away on June 23, 2003 (Age: 89).
Eugene Kleiner passed away on November 20, 2003 (Age: 80).
Mark Pinsker passed away on December 23, 2003 (Age: 78).