Computer History - 2018

Updated: 05/22/2018 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2018

MalwareOn January 3, 2018, information about Meltdown and Spectre attacks were first publicly released. The security flaws affect nearly all of the world's computers and smartphones and could allow someone to get the contents of memory including sensitive information such as passwords.

On March 17, 2018, The New York Times and the Guardian revealed that the firm Cambridge Analytica harvested 50 million Facebook profiles and used that data to help Donald Trump's election team.

The European Union GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law goes into effect on May 25, 2018 for companies who conduct business in the EU. Some of the new laws GDPR enforces include:

  • Companies must provide the ability for people to view, download, and delete data about themselves that is stored on the companies servers.
  • If a company has a data breach, it must be disclose within 72 hours of it being discovered.

Companies found in violation of any of the new laws could face fines as high as 20 million Euros or 4% of the companies global revenue.

Klout shut down on May 25, 2018.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2018

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking passed away on March 14, 2018 (Age: 76).

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