Technology

Cyber security
Feb 13 '17 11:15

The Dutch Land Registry's computer system does not have proper security and is vulnerable to major data breaches, according to Land Registry documents in the Financieele Dagblad's possession. A spokesperson for the Land Registry confirmed the authenticity of the documents to NU.nl.

The AIVD building in Zoetermeer
Feb 8 '17 16:25

The lower house of Dutch parliament is debating a that will give the Dutch intelligence services AIVD and MIVD the power to intercept data streams on large scales. The expectation is that the law will be voted in, as a majority in parliament already revealed support for the law, AD reports.

Schiphol
Feb 8 '17 15:15

Schiphol and KLM launched a boarding experiment using a special face recognizing door with which passengers can board a plane without having to show their passport and boarding pass more than once, Aviation Tribune reports.

Feb 7 '17 15:10

A data leak from Dutch voting guide Stemwijzer, the, revealed which parties are most often recommended to people. After answering 30 questions, most people got the PVV recommended to them, followed by the PvdA. GeenPeil and Forum voor Democratie are at the bottom of the list. 

Snapchat
Feb 6 '17 08:14

One in 15 Dutch teens (6.4 percent) sent a sexual photo to someone else on social media at least once, according to a survey by Bureau Jeugd & Media among a thousand kids aged between 12 and 17 years, NOS reports.

Sexting, sharing sexually explicit photos via social media, is especially popular among 16 and 17 year olds, the survey found. In this age group 14.5 percent have sent a sexual photo at least once. 40 percent said that they've received requests for naked photos of themes elves. Teens send these photos to their friends, but often also to people they only know online.

The AIVD building in Zoetermeer
Feb 3 '17 09:07

Dutch intelligence service AIVD is very concerned about increasing cyber attacks on the Netherlands by countriees like Russia, China and Iran, AIVD director Rob Bertholee said in an interview with EenVandaag. He calls these attacks a threat to democracy.

Over the past six months the Netherlands fought off hundreds of hacking attempts, Bertholee said. Among the targets were secret government documents. And according to the AIVD boss, it is clear that Russia was behind many of the attacks.

Ronald_Plasterk_2015_(1)
Feb 2 '17 14:15

Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's d is unpractical, according to the Dutch association for local governments NVVB.

An electronic stethoscope
Feb 2 '17 10:07

The Netherlands could significantly decrease healthcare costs by using new technologies and being smarter about the organization of care, according to employers' organizations VNO-NCW and MKB-Nederland in a healthcare vision they have for the new government. According to the vision, the Netherlands can save at least 1.5 billion euros in healthcare costs per year, the Telegraaf reports. 

Hilversum vote
Feb 2 '17 09:18

The votes in the upcoming parliamentary elections in March will all be counted by hand only, to avoid any chance of hackers interfering with the outcome, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday. This follows concerns about the security of software used by the Electoral Council and warnings that the Dutch election may be targeted by foreign parties.

Feb 1 '17 12:20

A faulty direct intercity train left 450 travelers stranded in the HSL tunnel near Rotterdam for about two hours. A technical problem caused the train's lights to go out and it could not travel any further, NU.nl reports.

The train between Rotterdam and Amsterdam left Rotterdam Central Station around 6:00 p.m. with around 450 people on board. The stranded passengers were evacuated from the train starting around 8:00 p.m. They had to cross the tracks to get one one of nine buses, that transported them directly to Schiphol airport.

Feb 1 '17 10:00

A computer malfunction in air traffic control at Schiphol on Wednesday morning means that numerous flights are delayed and other are being diverted to other airports. It is unclear how long this problem will last, ANP reports.

"We do not know what caused the problem or how long it will take for the problem to be resolved", a spokesperson said tot he news wire. A backup procedure was implemented which caused delays in arrival. Planes are departing according to schedule, however. 

Cyber security
Feb 1 '17 08:54

Most of the political parties in the Netherlands do not secure their websites properly, which means that they are vulnerable to hackers, ethical hacker Sijmen Ruwhof said to NRC. "PvdA, PVV, VVD, CDA and D66 for example have not installed certain security updates on their party websites for over a year, which makes them more vulnerable to hackers", Ruwhof said to the newspaper. 

collegas-op-straat
Feb 1 '17 07:55

The Dutch police are launching an experiment next week in which police officers in Rotterdam, Zwolle and Amersfoort will be equipped with tasers. In the coming weeks over 300 officers will undergo a two day training course on how to use a taser safely, and will then be allowed to use the weapon on the street if necessary, NOS reports.

Small galaxy Leo T, photo taken with upgraded Westerbork telescope, Jan 2017
Jan 31 '17 16:40

The Groningen astronomical institute Astron published the first pictures taken with the enhanced radio telescope of Westerborok. The first images shows Leo T, one of the smallest galaxies yet discovered, RTV Noord reports.

The telescope was upgraded with new radio receivers that act as a lens. This allows researchers to see about 40 times more than before. 

GVB_Bus
Jan 31 '17 09:50

Amsterdam municipal transport company GVB is starting the process of going cashless. From Tuesday travelers can no longer pay with cash on night buses, the first step in completely cashless public transit in the Dutch capital. GVB is working with other public transit companies in the region to achieve this goal, Het Parool reports.

Hilversum vote
Jan 31 '17 08:08

The software used at Dutch polling stations to send election results, is outdated and very vulnerable to hackers and there are not enough rules around where and where the software can be installed, according to security expert Sijmen Ruwhof, who investigated the software on behalf of RTL Nieuws. According to Ruwhof, "the average iPad is more secure than the Dutch voting system".

Eberhard van der Laan
Jan 30 '17 12:10

The makers of app Omapost is introducing a new feature called Eberhardpost on Tuesday. With this feature users can send free get-well-soon cards to Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who announced on Friday that he was

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Jan 30 '17 08:53

A team of student's from TU Delft won the overall prize for best designed Hyperloop capsule at a c's space company SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, the university announced on Twitter. 

Amanda Todd
Jan 26 '17 10:24

The Dutch authorities are still struggling to break into an encrypted hard drive belonging to suspected webcam pedophile Aydin C. The Tilburg man is on trial for blackmailing dozens of underage girls after he convinced them to strip in front of their webcams, NOS reports.

The Public Prosecutor believes that much evidence can be found on the hard drive, if only they could break into it. The authorities have been trying to do so for three years. C. denies that the hard drive belongs to him, he says it's a friend's.

Streetlights not working in Haarlemmerbuurt, Amsterdam, 24 Jan 2017
Jan 25 '17 08:41

Darkness reigned on many Amsterdam streets on Tuesday night in an outing that seemed to only affect the streetlights. Streetlights in neighborhoods Oost, Osdorp, West and Haarlemmerbuurt, among others, were not working.

A spokesperson for the Amsterdam municipality told Het Parool that street lighting in the entire city was experiencing problem. The cause of the outing is unclear, but most streets had light again after a few hours. 

Photo: Phillips Headquarters, Amsterdam
Jan 24 '17 12:55

Philips is at loggerheads with American authorities over the production of defibrillators - FDA inspections revealed a number of shortcomings, according to ANP. The company is in talks with the U.S. department of Justice, acting on behalf of the FDA, on the matter. The company's value dropped by 4 percent after this was revealed on Tuesday morning. 

Snapchat
Jan 24 '17 12:20

Snapchat recently announced that it putting stricter measures in place against misleading or incorrect news articles on Snapchat Discover, the app's news section. This is good news for the nearly 1.9 million Dutch who have Snapchat - one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the Nethrlands - installed on their phones.

The platform grew from around 500 thousand daily users in 2015 to 960 thousand last year, according to iPhoned.nl. Only Instagram is doing better, with its daily users increasing from 992 thousand to 1.5 million in the same period.

Tobias Stamhuis and Sabina Kram
Jan 24 '17 11:45

Groningen man Tobias Stamhuis, now known as the "sweetest Moroccan in the Netherlands", is overwhelmed by the stream of positive responses to a on the street over the weekend. "I am really flabbergasted", he said to RTL Nieuws.

Jan 24 '17 10:20

The challenge of keeping the Netherlands digitally safe is increasingly growing, according to Onno Eichelsheim, director of Dutch military intelligence service MIVD. The MIVD is therefore urgently looking for the next generation of cyber specialists to keep hackers out, he said to newspaper Trouw on Tuesday.

According to Eichelsheim, the specialists he is looking for is hard to come by, as they first need more training. "In order to understand new threats, I for example need people who can build algorithms to filter large amounts of internet data", he said to the newspaper.

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