Computer history - 2022

Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope

Major computer events in 2022

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On February 25, 2022, the Anonymous group declared cyberwar on Russia after it invaded Ukraine. Russia later declared Meta guilty of "extremist" activity and banned Facebook and Instagram.

On November 6, 2022, over $150 billion was lost in three days as the crypto exchange platform FTX announced it couldn't pay customers and declared bankruptcy on November 11, 2022. In addition to the failure of FTX, 2022 saw other crypto market failures and significant losses that contributed to more than $2 trillion in losses, according to CNBC. The founder of FTX (Sam Bankman-Fried aka SBF) was later arrested on December 13, 2022 by the SEC. Many call 2022 the "crypto winter" and believe 2021 was the peak of all cryptocurrencies.

2022 computer and technology top terms

The following are some top computer and technology-related terms in alphabetical order that were introduced or popularized during 2022.

Computer and technology-related events in 2022

Fortnite helped raise $144 million for Ukraine relief.

On March 29, 2022, Sony announced it had merged PlayStation Now into Playstation Plus.

In May 2022, the cryptocurrency LUNA saw one of the biggest price crashes in the history of the cryptocurrency market. The price of LUNA went from an all-time high of $116 on April 6, 2022, to $0.00008 by June 6, 2022.

Nielsen reported in August 2022 that streaming had surpassed TV viewing for the first time.

Jason Allen entered AI-generated artwork titled "Theatre d'Opera Spatial" into Colorado State Fair fine arts competition and won first place.

Hackers caused a massive traffic jam on September 1, 2022, in Moscow with the Yandex Taxi app to summon several taxis to the same destination.

On September 15, 2022, the digital currency known as Ethereum changed from proof-of-work to a proof-of-stake they called The Merge. This change reduced Ethereum's energy consumption by ~99.95%.

The United States White House unveiled an AI (artificial intelligence) Bill of Rights a blueprint on October 4, 2022, aiming to avert harm caused by artificial intelligence.

Microsoft released the Surface Pro 9 on October 12, 2022.

The United States Senate passed a bill on December 15, 2022 that bans TikTok on U.S. government-issued devices.

Dell released the XPS 8950 in 2022.

The quetta, quecto, ronna, and ronto prefix were added as an SI (Systems of Units) in 2022.

New computer products and services introduced in 2022

CompTIA introduced the Data+ certification in February 2022.

The Samsung Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra were released in 2022.

Android version 13 (Tiramisu) released on August 15, 2022.

Stable Diffusion was released on August 22, 2022.

Apple released its new iPhone 14 models on September 16, 2022.

AMD released the Zen 4 on September 27, 2022.

LangChain, an app-creating framework that use LLMs (large language model), was released in October 2022.

Linux kernel 6.0 was released on October 2, 2022.

Blizzard released Overwatch 2 as F2P (free-to-play) and as early access on October 4, 2022, without the PvE (player vs. environment) mode and a reduction of team players (now 5v5 not 6v6).

The ninth expansion packs for World of Warcraft called Dragonflight was released on November 28, 2022.

Open AI released ChatGPT on November 30, 2022.

The OnePlus 10 and 10 Pro smartphones were released in 2022.

Security breaches and leaks in 2022

In January, a blockchain bridge called Qubit was exploited for $80 million.

The blockchain bridge Wormhole was exploited for $326 million on February 2, 2022.

Axie Infinity's Ronin blockchain bridge lost $615 million on March 29, 2022, due to an exploit.

In June, Harmony Horizon Blockchain Bridge was exploited for $100 million in altcoins.

In July 2022, an unauthorized third-party acquired information from some of Samsung's U.S. systems.

Twitter user records shared for free on hacker forum from an API (application programming interface) vulnerability that happened in 2021, which stole over 5.4 million users data. The data contained private phone numbers and e-mail addresses that was not meant to be public.

On August 4, 2022, Twilio became aware of unauthorized access to a limited number of Twilio customer accounts through a sophisticated social engineering attack. Using a phishing kit code-named 'oktapus,' the attackers stole over 9,000 login credentials for over 130 organizations, including Authy, Klaviyo, MailChimp, and more, and an attempt on Cloudflare.

In August, food delivery firm DoorDash disclosed a data breach exposing customer and employee data linked to the recent cyberattack on Twilio.

On August 24, 2022, Plex announced it had been breached and had usernames, e-mails, and encrypted passwords stolen.

On August 25, 2022, LastPass announced its development environment was hacked through a developer account and took portions of source code and some proprietary LastPass technical information.

The IRS (Internal Revenue Service) announced on September 3, 2022, that around 120,000 taxpayers who filed a Form 990-T had personal information inadvertently exposed on its website.

The moving company U-Haul disclosed that on September 7, 2022, customer information including names and driver's licenses or state identification numbers was stolen.

Revolut announced in September 2022 it was hacked and had the data of 50,000 of its users compromised.

A hack on Uber happened in 2016 where hackers downloaded the names, e-mails, and phone numbers of 57 million app users, along with 600,000 driver's license numbers. The hack went undisclosed until 2022, when the hackers testified that they agreed to sign an Uber nondisclosure agreement. Instead of disclosing the hack, Uber wrote it off as a bug bounty.

In September, gaming company 2K confirmed that its customer service and help desk support had been compromised. The hack included e-mail addresses, gamertags, and console information.

Kim Kardashian agreed in October to pay $1.26 million to settle for failing to disclose she was paid to promote a crypto asset on her Instagram.

The crypto service Binance announced on October 7, 2022, it had an exploit where $570 million was taken from its customers. It was later able to recover all but $100 million.

LastPass announced in November 2022 that because of it's prior security breach in August 2022, an attacker could access customers' information.

Beginning December 2, 2022, Rackspace hosted Microsoft Exchange servers encountered a security incident and suggested customers migrate to Microsoft 365.

Discontinued products and services in 2022

ManageFlitter service was discontinued in January 2022.

Twitch ended the Friends feature on Twitch on May 25, 2022.

On May 1, 2022, Amazon announced it had retired Alexa.

Microsoft announced on June 15, 2022, after 25 years, it's discontinuing the Internet Explorer browser in favor of Edge.

In June 2022, Meta (Facebook) announced that it would discontinue its consumer versions of the Facebook Portal and focus only on the business versions.

On June 20, 2022, Drobo filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in California.

The social networking service Snap announced on September 1, 2022, that it would cancel Pixy, Zenly, and Voisey projects.

Google announced it would shut down Google Hangouts in November 2022.

On September 29th, Google announced it would shut down Stadia in January 2023.

Comcast shut down the revival of G4 TV and the G4 network again on October 16, 2022.

The open-source Atom text and editor was retired on December 15, 2022, due to lack of development and enhancements.

Epson announced it would end all laser printer sales globally by 2026.

Nikon and Panasonic announced they'll be discontinuing and no longer making future compact digital cameras because of the popularity of smartphone cameras.

Computer company events in 2022

Take-Two Interactive acquired Zynga for $12.7 billion.

Microsoft announced on January 18, 2022, it intends to acquire Blizzard (Activision Blizzard) for $68.7 billion.

Akamai Technologies announced on February 15, 2022, that it had acquired Linode for approximately $900 million.

In March 2022, Bandcamp was purchased by Epic Games.

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On April 25, 2022, the Twitter board agreed to a $44 billion buyout by Elon Musk. The deal later closed on October 27, 2022.

On May 10, 2022, Napster was sold to Algorand.

AMD announced on May 26, 2022 it completed its acquisition of Pensando Systems for approximately $1.9 billion.

Broadcom announced its $61 billion deal to acquire VMware on May 26, 2022.

Google Pay features were migrated into the Google Wallet app in 2022.

Amazon announced on August 5, 2022, that it had signed an agreement to acquire iRobot (makers of the Roomba robot) for approximately $1.7 billion.

Google announced on September 12, 2022, that it had completed its acquisition of Mandiant for $5.4 billion.

On September 15, 2022, Adobe announced it planned to acquire Figma for $20 billion.

Corel was rebranded to Alludo in September 2022.

Fandom announced it bought TV Guide, Metacritic, GameSpot, and other brands for approximately $50 million in cash.

Spotify announced on October 5, 2022, that it had acquired content moderation tech company Kinzen.

TrekStor went out of business.

Computer-related TV shows released in 2022

The documentary series Land of the Giants: Titans of Tech was released in 2022.

Computer pioneer deaths in 2022

Stephen Wilhite passed away on March 14, 2022 (Age: 74).

Robert Krakoff passed away on April 26, 2022 (Age: 81).

Peter Eckersley passed away on September 2, 2022 (Age: 43).

Frederick Brooks passed away on November 17, 2022 (Age: 91).

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