Dutch Tax Auth. again targeted in cyber attack


The websites of the Dutch Tax Authority and DigiD were hit by DDoS attacks on Wednesday afternoon. As a result no tax declarations could be filed for hours, and people had trouble logging in to various government websites, NU.nl reports.

The attack on the Tax Authority started around 3:00 p.m., and DigiD was hit around 3:25 p.m. Both sites were fully accessible again by 8:00 p.m.

The attack did not affect the security of taxpayer's data, not even if people were filing declarations when the DDoS attack started, a spokesperson for the Tax Authority said to the newspaper. 

On Tuesday the Tax Authority also faced a disruption that turned out to be DDoS related. the Tax Authority and various banks were hit in multiple such attacks. The suspected perpetrator was . He said he

In a DDoS attack, a website is bombarded with massive amounts of data. This overloads the site's server, and crashes the site.