Computer history - 2022

Updated: 11/18/2022 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 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%.

2022 computer and technology top terms

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

Computer and technology-related events in 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.

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

On November 6, 2022, over $150 billion was lost in three days as the largest cryptocurrencies lost market value after the crypto exchange platform FTX announced it couldn't pay customers. During this time, FTX declared bankruptcy and caused a lot of people to lose their money.

New computer products and services introduced in 2022

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

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

AMD released the Zen 4 on September 27, 2022.

Linux kernel 6.0 was released on October 2, 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.

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 their 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.

Discontinued products and services in 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

On October 17, 2022, Kanye West announced he reached an agreement to acquire the social media platform Parler after being banned from Twitter.

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 passes away on March 14, 2022 (Age: 74)

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

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

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