NIST Retires SHA-1 Cryptographic Algorithm

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January 3, 2023 | Originally published by NIST on December 15, 2022

The SHA-1 algorithm, one of the first widely used methods of protecting electronic information, has reached the end of its useful life, according to security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). The agency is now recommending that IT professionals replace SHA-1, in the limited situations where it is still used, with newer algorithms that are more secure.

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