News Roundup: What happened in the tech world in 2018?
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News Roundup: What happened in the tech world in 2018?

A lot has happened in the world of tech over the last 12 months, and not all of it has been good. While we could probably do a whole piece just about everything that's happened with Facebook, here's a round up of some of the other biggest headlines from 2018 - with a couple about Mr. Zuckerberg's brain child thrown in for good measure.

January

What was making headlines?

Privacy and security were probably the biggest recurring themes throughout 2018 and the new year didn't get off to the greatest of starts thanks to the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities at Intel. These two vulnerabilities exploited flaws in processors, allowing attackers to steal data from the memory of any program currently running; affecting "effectively every [Intel] processor since 1995".

Who got hacked?

Aadhaar is a 12-digit unique identity number that can be obtained by residents of India, based on their biometric and demographic data. The good news is it's meant to streamline a lot of important processes like filing tax returns or applying for a new passport. The bad news is reporters with the Tribune News Service discovered in January that a data breach compromised the personal information of all 1.1 billion citizens registered in India.

Anything else?

January was the month of the missile alert SNAFU in Hawaii. For those who don't remember, a badly designed interface where you can mix up ‘test' and ‘send actual missile alert to the entire population' caused mass panic for 38 minutes.

February

What was making headlines?

Headline wise, the second month of 2018 was relatively quiet. One publication did make waves however by announcing that if you use an ad-blocker on their site, it will use your device to mine cryptocurrency. Also, this month in crypto-crazy news: a team of scientists were caught mining crypto at a nuclear warhead facility and crypto-mining malware was found on a water utility industrial network.

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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