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Google joins Mozilla, Microsoft in pushing for early SHA-1 crypto cutoff

Lucian Constantin | Dec. 22, 2015
The browser makers are worried about research that shows SHA-1 is even weaker than previously believed.

Three years ago, researchers estimated that a practical attack against SHA-1 would cost $700,000 using commercial cloud computing services by 2015 and $173,000 by 2018.

However, in October, a group of researchers presented a new way to break SHA-1 that is expected to lower the cost of attacks more quickly than previously anticipated. It is this research that has browser makers worried and prompted them to consider an early cutoff date for SHA-1 certificates.

 

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