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Massive power outage in Amsterdam, photo shows one block with electricity while the rest of the city is dark, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 15:40

A massive homes in and around Amsterdam this morning and left train traffic across the country in chaos, was the result of a "component failure" in a TenneT power station on Hemweg in the Dutch capital, Dutch utility Liander said on its website. If you were without electricity for four or more hours, Liander will contact you regarding compensation.

Cyber security
Jan 17 '17 13:35

Last year '123456' was again the world's most common password, according to figures from password manager Keeper. According to the researchers, such a password can be hacked in seconds and using it is reckless and lazy, AD reports.

The researchers checked 10 million passwords for this study. Nearly 17 percent were '123456'. It has long been at the top of the list, after dethroning 'password' several years back. More than half of the world's population use the top 25 most used passwords.

Jan 17 '17 13:00

Nuon will soon be charging an hourly rate for charging your car at one of the 1,240 charging points the company will be installing in Brabant and Limburg over the next two years. The company hopes that this will help solve the problem of overcrowded charging points, the Volkskrant reports.

Passengers cram on a bus from Amsterdam Central to Sloterdijk, Amsterdam power outage 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 07:51

A very busy morning rush hour is expected due to a combination of slick, icy roads and a continuing power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds. Utilities company Liander expects to have power restored completely around 8:00 a.m. 

Due to the power outage, the matrix boards around the Dutch capital are not working. "We can't put any information above the road", a spokesperson for the Dutch public works Rijkswaterstaat said to RTL. Street lights are also not working. Motorists should extra travel time into account

Massive power outage in Amsterdam, photo shows one block with electricity while the rest of the city is dark, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 17 '17 07:08

An early morning power outage in parts of Noord-Holland left hundreds of thousands without electricity and failures on the Dutch rail system on Tuesday. The problem started before 4:45 a.m. causing the lights to go dark in 364,000 households across Amsterdam, Zaandam, Oostzaan and Landsmeer, Dutch utility Liander confirmed on Twitter.

The cause of the outage was not revealed. Workers successfully restored power to 164,000 households by 6:30 a.m. An hour later there were about 88,000 customers without electricity, Liander said.

Jan 16 '17 14:43

Government sites DigiD and MijnOverheid.nl are currently unavailable due to a technical fault. The sites went offline just before noon, NU.nl reports.

If you try logging into DigiD you are met with a message saying that DigiD is currently unavailable due to a fault. The same message can be seen on DigiD's Twitter feed. Logging into MijnOverheid.nl is also impossible, and there are problems with logging into the sites of the Tax Authorities, DUO and benefits agency UWV.

Complaint site Allestoringen.nl received hundreds of complaints, according to NOS. 

Schiphol
Jan 16 '17 13:55

The safe detonation of some 30 WWII era bombs will start in a field in Rijsenhout, near Schiphol airport, on Monday. Many explosives are found in the Rijsenhout area as the Germans constructed a mock airfield there during the Second World War to divert attention from Schiphol, Het Parool reports.

A total of 30 bombs were recently found in the area. Four have already been detonated. In the coming weeks explosive experts will set off two more bombs per day. If all goes to plan, the last bomb will be dismantled on January 25th.

Cyber Security
Jan 13 '17 15:55

Ransomware - a form of malware that takes your personal files and data "hostage" and only releases them once you've paid a sum of money - is getting more and more sophisticated, security expert Martin van Dantzig of Fox-IT warned in the Volkskrant. This last period has seen particularly rapid professionalization, he said.

Jan 13 '17 13:00

Social media companies like Twitter, Yahoo and Apple are increasingly denying requests for information from the Dutch Public Prosecutor, the Financieele Dagblad reports based on its own an analysis of the various technology companies' transparency reports.

Yahoo and Twitter did not agree to a single request last year. Apple is also agreeing to fewer and fewer requests for information. Facebook on the other hand, is quite generous in providing information. 

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Jan 13 '17 10:20

Out of fear of being eavesdropped on, Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher did not dare to call Prime Minister Mark Rutte from his cellphone after flight MH17 was shot down in July 2014, Asscher said on television program Jinek. 

The Deputy Prime Minister was on holiday in France at the time. Instead of calling the Prime Minister from his mobile phone, he knocked on the door of a neighbor and asked if he could use her landline. "I had to talk to the Prime Minster in The Hague. That you don't do with your mobile. These discussioins might be of interest to Russians or others."

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Jan 13 '17 10:01

With the parliamentary elections coming up in March, and warnings from American security experts that the , Dutch parliament is focused on fixing cyber defense issues and increasing cyber security.

Jan 12 '17 13:55

RTL Nieuws managed to break into the social media accounts of various politicians by using previously leaked passwords. With some of them, including the Twitter account of SGP leader Kees van der Staaij, the journalists left a message to show that they were there.

"This account has been leaked and is therefore vulnerable to hackers. Signed Daniel Verlaan and Siebe Sietsma of RTL Nieuws", a tweet read on Van der Staaij's account. The tweet has since been removed. They also broke into CDA Pieter Omtzigt's LinedIn account and various other unnamed politicians' Facebook accounts. 

Friesland, Drenthe, Groningen's campaign to bring a Tesla factory to the northern Netherlands
Jan 11 '17 12:05

Drenthe, Friesland and Groningen launched a global campaign to bring a massive Tesla factory to north Netherlands. "Hi Tesla. We are Top Dutch", the

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Jan 11 '17 10:28

The police arrested seven men in December for extorting people with sex ads on WhatsApp, the police announced on Tuesday. THe suspects posted sex ads, to which their victims responded on the messaging app. But instead of making an appointment with a sex worker, the victims were informed that their families will be told about their activities if they did not pay an amount of money.

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Jan 10 '17 15:30

Public transit operators in the Netherlands are taking concrete steps to go cashless this year. RET, which operates the Rotterdam subway network, is already upgrading all its turnstiles to accept more payment options than just th public transport card. Within a matter of months, Rotterdam travelers will be able to pay with their mobile phones, director Pedro Peters said in his new year's speech on Tuesday, AD reports.

Socks
Jan 10 '17 14:20

Startup company Siren Care won the TechCrunch Hardware Battlefield prize in Las Vegas with its high-tech "smart socks". The company, which has a Dutch man as co-founder and oen of its directors, received $50 thousand in prize money, or about 47,500 euros, the Telegraaf reports.

The smart socks are aimed at diebetics. Small electronic sensors measure temperature at different points of the foot, thereby predicting ulcers before they emerge. Ulcers are caused by inflammation, which gives off heat. Due to nerve damage, diabetics can't always feel this. Hence the smart socks.

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Jan 10 '17 11:25

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs is satisfied with security on the Dutch government's websites, he said in response to parliamentary questions. This is despite a recent study by the Open State Foundation that found that o

Internet
Jan 6 '17 07:50

A third of Dutch hospitals' websites do not have proper security and a quarter do not even use a secure internet connection, according to a study by Women in Cyber Security (WICS), Trouw reports.

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Jan 3 '17 10:16

Traffic on Amsterdam's subway lines are back on schedule after a fault in the traffic control system brought it to a standstill on Monday afternoon. The problems started around 2:00 p.m. and affected all lines. Subway traffic gruadually restarted around 6:30 p.m., according to municipal transport company GVB, NU.nl reports.

Subway line 51 fell out again on Monday night due to another fault on the traffic control system, but that fault has also beenf fixed. GVB reports no problems on the subway lines at present.

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Jan 3 '17 08:30

Russian hackers made use of a private Dutch server to attack the American Democratic Party, the Volkskrant reports based on documents from the United States' Department of homeland Security. The Dutch server in question belongs to Rejo Zenger, who wors for privacy organization Bits of Freedom.

Dec 28 '16 14:50

Nearly a third of Dutch doctor's offices do not use a safe connection for their patients' online registration or applications for repeat prescriptions, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research among over 300 medical practices.

A total of 197 practices gives patients the option of online registration and requesting a repeat prescription over the internet. Of these 29.3 percent did not use a secure https connection when sending medical data. This means that this sensitive information was sent over the internet unprotected, making it relatively easy for third parties to access. 

Dec 27 '16 08:48

Dutch people over the age of 75 are increasingly using the internet, according to figures Statistics Netherlands released on Tuesday. Currently 60 percent of Dutch elderly have internet access at home, compared to slightly more than 40 percent four years ago.

This age group is also making increasing use of smartphones and tablets, in addition to PC's and laptops. In 2012 about 10 percent of over-75 year olds had a tablet and 5 percent had a smartphone, now 30 percent have these devices.

Cyber security
Dec 21 '16 09:00

A majority in the Tweede Kamer on Tuesday approved a bill that allows the police to hack suspects in a criminal case. A stricter variant of the law was voted in, in which the police are obliged to immediately report software vulnerabilities to its developers, NU.nl reports.

The law is called Cybercrime III and states that the police can hack the computers of suspects in criminal investigations. This involves suspects in cybercrime, but also other forms of serious crime that carry a penalty of at least 4 years in prison. 

Police
Dec 16 '16 09:35

From today the Dutch police can track suspects using facial recognition - faces of suspects, from surveillance camera footage for example, can now be compared with a large database filled with photos of people with criminal records, NOS reports.

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