Computer History - 2017
Major computer events in 2017
On May 12, 2017, the WannaCry ransomware attack began to attack computers running Microsoft Windows. The worm infected more than 230,000 computers in over 150 different countries and demanded $300 - $1,200 in bitcoin to unlock the computers encrypted data.
Other computer and technology-related events in 2017
On January 11, 2017, Norway became the first country to start switching off FM Radio and switching to DAB, a digital broadcasting technology.
On August 11, 2017, OpenAI became the first AI to defeat the world's best DotA 2 player Danil "Dendi" Ishutin in a 1v1 game. Even more impressive is that the AI was able to learn to play the game by playing itself in less than a month with a little coaching from humans.
New computer products and services introduced in 2017
Twitter officially expands everyone's character limit from 140 characters to 280 characters on November 7, 2017.
PUBG Corporation released PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds for PC on December 20, 2017.
Computer company events in 2017
China Oceanwide announced on January 20, 2017, that it had entered a definitive agreement to acquire IDG (International Data Group, Inc.).
About.com was renamed to Dotdash on May 2, 2017.
On June 16, 2017, Amazon announced it had entered a definitive merger agreement with Whole Foods Market, Inc. for $13.7 billion.
The wearable maker Jawbone begins liquidating its assets in July.
On September 7, 2017, Equifax announced that it had a security breach in July and that up to 143 million Americans accounts were stolen. The stolen information included social security numbers, credit card information, and other personal information.
On December 11, 2017, Apple announced it was acquiring Shazam.
On December 15, 2017, AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) was discontinued as a service.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2017
Robert Taylor passed away on April 13, 2017 (Age: 85).
Jean Sammet passed away on May 20, 2017 (Age: 89).
Charles Thacker passed away on June 12, 2017 (Age: 74).