Stories by Peter Sayer

SHA-1 hashing algorithm could succumb to $75K attack, researchers say

The SHA-1 hashing algorithm, still used to sign almost one in three SSL certificates, can now be attacked for as little as $75,000, and should be urgently retired, researchers say

Sony ups its motion-detection game with Softkinetic buy

Sony has bought Softkinetic, a Belgian developer of time-of-flight distance sensors, bringing it the technology to add motion capture to new devices

Verizon will use its mobile supercookie to target customers with AOL ads

In an update to its privacy policy, Verizon has warned its customers that it will use its mobile supercookie to target ads from the AOL network displayed on sites around the Web.

No need to panic: European Commission upbeat about Safe Harbour ruling

European Commissioners took time out from discussing the plight of refugees to examine the Court of Justice's rejection of the Safe Harbour data protection agreement and were upbeat about the consequences.

Doom or delight? Court ruling on Safe Harbor brings uncertainty to privacy dealings

The Safe Harbor agreement protected businesses exporting personal data from the EU to the US -- but a court ruling has declared it invalid, opening a legal void.

EU-US Safe Harbor agreement is invalid, court rules

The Safe Harbor data protection agreement is invalid, the Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled in a case brought by a European Facebook user

Facebook, Eutelsat block-book satellite capacity to deliver Internet to Africa

As part of its push to deliver free basic Internet services to developing countries, Facebook has teamed with Eutelsat to rent the entire capacity of the AMOS-6 broadband satellite to deliver connectivity to Africa.

A viral vigilante may be keeping an eye on your home router

Researchers at Symantec have shed new light on an old virus affecting routers and other devices running Linux: it appears to be protecting them from other malware infections

Adblock for Chrome signs on to Eyeo's acceptable ads whitelist

The decision by Eyeo, owner of the Adblock Plus browser extensions and mobile browser apps, to hand control of its acceptable ads program to an independent board has prompted the developer of another adblocker to join the program -- and sell his company.

Samsung denies its TVs game power consumption tests

Samsung Electronics has denied allegations that it designed its TVs to consume less energy during tests than they do in real-world situations.

Adblock Plus creators plan independent board to decide ad acceptability

Facing criticism that they are taking money from some advertisers while blocking ads from others, the creators of Adblock Plus will let an independent advisory board decide what ads are acceptable.

Australian university dumps Google for Microsoft over data hosting concerns

Macquairie University in Australia has told staff it will switch their email accounts from Google Apps to Microsoft's hosted Office 365 service after Google announced plans to host the data in the U.S.

Apple, Microsoft wield privacy as marketing tool

Apple and Microsoft have both wheeled out fresh explanations of their privacy policies, explaining how different they are from the likes of Google and Facebook.

Will Russian hackers be first to play with a Google Cardboard lookalike from Microsoft?

At its Techdays event in Moscow next month, Microsoft is inviting developers to join a hackathon to create games and business apps for its VR Kit -- but it's not clear whether it's software or cardwear

Europe, China agree to agree on what 5G mobile technology should be

The EU now has deals with China, Japan and South Korea to agree on a definition of 5G by the end of the year.