The bug forced companies to update their servers with a security patch and users had to change their passwords. Why it mattered: Heartbleed is one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen because it targeted encryption, which is the very thing that is supposed to keep us safe on the web. Two months after the bug, 300,000 web servers were still vulnerable.
Months of protests came to a tipping point when demonstrators clashed with police, killing more than 70 people and leading to the ouster of president Viktor Yanukovych.Why it mattered: This led to the toppling of Ukraine’s government and incited violence across the country. It was the beginning of Ukraine’s ongoing battle with pro-Russian rebels.
From dancing bears to wipeouts in the snow, to political nightmares for Vladimir Putin, the Winter Olympics were filled with inspirational scenes, sports drama and a lot of weird moments.
Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 disappeared while en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. A massive search operation combed the Indian Ocean, but the Boeing 737 was never found. All 239 people on board are presumed dead.
More than 85 cases of Ebola were reported in Guinea in March, marking the beginning of an outbreak that quickly spread to Sierra Leone and Liberia. The surge would eventually become the largest Ebola epidemic in history.
Websites running SSL encryption — Gmail, Facebook, banks, just to name a few — were exposed to a major security bug called Heartbleed. The bug forced companies to update their servers with a security patch and users had to change their passwords. But even then it wasn’t a guarantee that your information was safe. Why it mattered: Heartbleed is one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen because it targeted encryption, which is the very thing that is supposed to keep us safe on the web. We will likely feel Heartbleed’s effects for awhile. Two months after the bug, 300,000 web servers were still vulnerable.
More than 300 die in the sinking of a South Korean ferry – Over 300 passengers on an overloaded South Korean ferry, many of them high school students, died when the MV Sewol sunk on April 16, 2014, as a result of an “unreasonably sudden turn.” The captain, along with 14 members of his crew, were charged with homicide, abandoning ship and negligence in the ferry’s sinking. Its owner was found dead in July.
Ukraine, India and Egypt were among the countries to hold high-stakes elections in May. On the brink of war, Ukraine elected chocolate billionaire and pro-European Union candidate Petro Poroshenko as president after the ouster of Viktor Yanukovych, who sided with Russia. India voted in Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi, a man who has his own checkered past, as prime minister. And nearly one year after protests led to a coup in which president Mohamed Morsi was overthrown, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi clinched the presidency with 96.91 percent of the vote.
Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music for $3 billion — by far the largest acquisition in its history. Apple bought the two companies for a purchase price of about $2.6 billion and approximately $400 million that will vest over time. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre joined Apple. However the Beats brand will remain separate from Apple’s. Read more…