Computer history - 2021
Major computer events in 2021
One of the biggest, if not the biggest, security vulnerabilities in computer history was announced on December 9, when notes on an Apache log4j vulnerability were released. The vulnerability could give an attacker full access to a server with minimal effort.
2021 computer and technology top terms
The following are some top computer and technology-related terms in alphabetical order that were introduced or popularized during 2021.
Computer and technology-related events in 2021
The most expensive NFT piece, titled Everydays: the First 5000 Days by Mike Winkelmann (aka Beeple), sold at a Christie's auction for $69,346,250 on March 11, 2021.
In June 2021, El Salvador became the first country to adopt bitcoin as a legal tender.
In July 2021, the rickroll video, Never Gonna Give You Up, hit 1 billion views.
Microsoft released the Surface Pro 8 on September 22, 2021.
MoSys merged with Peraso Technologies to become Peraso Inc. in December 2021.
New computer products and services introduced in 2021
Apple released the Apple AirTag.
MindTouch was rebranded to NICE CXone Expert in April 2021.
In June 2021, 21st Century Software announced it had licensed the z/VSE source code from IBM with the intention of continuing to develop new operating system versions.
Microsoft announced on July 14, 2021, its new monthly subscription-based service called Windows 365. The service would allow anyone with any device to run Microsoft Windows through the cloud.
Android version 12 was released on October 4, 2021.
In 2021, the CASC (Certificate Authority Security Council) was renamed to the PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) Consortium.
After the popularity of Clubhouse and Twitter Spaces, Facebook introduced many new social audio services in 2021.
The Samsung Galaxy S21, S21+, and S21 Ultra were released in 2021.
The Neeva search engine was released in the United States in 2021.
The OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones were released in 2021.
Security breaches and leaks in 2021
An API (application programming interface) vulnerability was disclosed in January 2021, allowing anyone to access Twitter users private phone numbers and e-mail addresses that are not meant to be public. Using this vulnerability, attackers scraped over 5.4 million users' data.
The popular Iranian social messaging platform Raychat had its entire database of over 150 million users' leaked online.
In January, it was discovered that the Chinese startup Socialarks exposed over 400 GB of over 214 million users' personal information it had scraped from Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
The PSafe company discovered the largest data breach in Brazilian history of over 223 million people after it announced it found the data being offered for free on a darknet forum.
Pakistani company Bykea leaks more than 400 million records of personal information.
Hackers leaked 70 gigabytes of personal user information (over 4.1 million accounts) on the social media site Gab on March 10, 2021.
On April 3, 2021, over 553 million Facebook users' information was posted online from a 2019 leak. The details included the users' full name, location, birthday, e-mail address, phone number, and relationship status.
On April 8, 2021, LinkedIn announced that a user had scraped its database after discovering a hacker was attempting to sell a database containing 700 million LinkedIn users' information.
In May, security researchers discovered more than 100 million Android users' information was exposed because of a cloud service misconfiguration used by 23 different apps.
In May 2021, the U.S. Colonial Pipeline company was a victim of ransomware, attacked by the DarkSide hacker group. The attack caused Colonial Pipeline to temporarily shut down its main oil pipeline, which supplies 45% of the fuel for U.S. East Coast states. DarkSide demanded a ransom of $4.4 million, which the company paid. However, the U.S. Department of Justice recovered $2.3 million of that ransom payment.
Comparitech security researchers discovered an unprotected database maintained by Cognyte, a cybersecurity firm, with over 5 billion records aggregated from previous breaches.
Starting in June 2021, Western Digital's My Book Live devices began getting hit with a data deletion exploit that allowed malicious users to erase all the drives' data remotely.
The DeFi protocol Poly Network lost $611 million in August due to a blockchain bridge exploit.
A hacker announced in August that he had 40 to 50 million T-Mobile customers' information. Information stolen included customer names, addresses, social security numbers, and driver's license information.
A security researcher discovered a Thailand database of over 106 million Thailand visitors had been unsecured and accessible to anyone for over 10 years in August 2021.
On November 5, 2021, Volodymyr Diachenko, a security researcher, discovered a Stripchat database consisting of nearly 200 million records of users and model information.
Discontinued products and services in 2021
On April 9, 2021, Logitech announced it was discontinuing the Logitech Harmony universal remote controls.
Microsoft replaced the original version of Microsoft Edge with a new Chromium-based one as part of a security update on April 13, 2021.
PUBG Lite was discontinued on April 29, 2021.
LG announced in April that it was closing its mobile phone and smartphone business.
Yahoo! announced that Yahoo! Answers was shutting down on May 4, 2021.
BitMinter's website was shut down on July 2, 2021.
FactHound website was shut down in 2021.
In 2021, the Galaxy Note series of phones was discontinued.
Computer company events in 2021
The once popular West coast chain Fry's Electronics announced it was going out of business on February 24, 2021.
Epic Games announced it had bought Tonic Games, the developer of Fall Guys, for an undisclosed price on March 2, 2021.
Computer pioneer deaths in 2021
Charles Geschke passed away on April 16, 2021 (Age: 81).
Dan Kaminsky passed away on April 23, 2021 (Age: 42).
John McAfee passed away on June 23, 2021 (Age: 75).
Clive Sinclair passed away on September 16, 2021 (Age: 81).