Computer history - 2022
Major computer events in 2022
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Linux kernel 6.0 was released on October 2, 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.
On August 24, 2022, Plex announced it had been breached and had usernames, e-mails, and encrypted passwords stolen.
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.
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 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.
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.
Computer company events in 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.
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.
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).