MickyD wrote: Obsolete software from 1990s features in Brexit deal textThe EU-UK Brexit deal refers to defunct decades-old computer software such as Netscape Communicator as “modern”, raising suspicions that some of the text may have been copied and pasted in.
Online commenters gleefully shared the observation that page 921 of the painfully birthed trade agreement refers to Netscape Communicator – released in June 1997 – and Mozilla Mail as being “modern e-mail software packages”.
A section on encryption technology also gave rise to suspicions that officials simply pasted large chunks of text from previous documents into the deal, which has been lauded by its backers as the beginning of a new chapter in relationship between the UK and the EU. ...observers noted how the agreement recommended the use of 1024-bit RSA encryption and the SHA-1 hashing algorithm, both of which are susceptible to cyber-attacks on account of their age.
Truly world-beating. At least they didn't go quite as far back as Netscape Navigator, which was my first browser, excitedly installed along with my 14,400bps modem. (That's about 1/7,000th of my current connection speed of around 100Mbps.)
See it all the time - use of boilerplate material that doesn't get proof read. A tad embarrassing at Government levels, but am I surprised? No.