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The French data protection watchdog on Tuesday fined electricity provider Électricité de France (EDF) €600,000 for violating the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

The Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés (CNIL) said the electric utility breached European regulation by storing the passwords for over 25,800 accounts by hashing them using the MD5 algorithm as recently as July 2022.

It’s worth noting that MD5, a message digest algorithm, is considered cryptographically broken as of December 2008 owing to the risk of collision attacks.

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