Cyber attacks by malicious countries are the biggest digital threat to the Netherlands' national security, according to the National Coordinator for Counter-terrorism and Security's (NCTV) annual report on digital security. Such countries want to spy, influence public opinion, disrupt society or even sabotage vital systems, the NCTV warns, RTL Nieuws reports.
This year and next year secondary vocational schools (VMBO) will receive more money for pupils with a technical profile, Minister Arie Slob for Primary and Secondary Education wrote in a letter to parliament. In this way the government wants to stimulate technical education, he said, NOS reports.
Tablet and smartphone use can lead to nearsightedness among children, according to a study by Erasmus MC. The researchers monitored 1,000 Rotterdam children for years. At age 13 a quarter of them were near sighted, compared to 2.5 percent at age 6, RTL Nieuws reports.
Eyesight problems therefore increased over the years. Smartphones and tablets may be behind it, the researchers believe. The researchers assume that similar figures apply to children in the rest of the Netherlands. Looking at nearby objects for prolonged periods is bad for the eyes.
On Thursday King Willem-Alexander took a ride on a hybrid quad bike at military test site Fieldlab Smarbase in Soesterberg. The motorized four-wheeler runs on fuel and electricity, AD reports.
The King visited the test site with Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense. The King and Minister watched demonstrations of innovative products and designs, including the hybrid quad and several robots.
By now everyone is aware of the risks involved in investing in cryptocurrencies with their wildly fluctuating prices. But the real risks may only appear should cryptocurrencies' prices start stabilizing, according to the Netherlands office for economic policy analysis CPB. In the worst case scenario, this could lead to another global financial crisis, the CPB wrote in its annual report on the risks for the financial markets, RTL Z reports.
Eindhoven will get its first habitable 3D printed concrete house next year, the municipality of Eindhoven, Eindhoven University of Technology and the four companies involved announced on Wednesday. According to TU Eindhoven, this is the first 3D printed house in the world that people will actually live in.
The monthly costs of driving an electric car is now cheaper in the Netherlands than diesel cars, according to lease company LeasePlan's annual Car Cost Index. Norway is the only country in Europe where driving electric is cheaper than driving in both petrol or diesel cars, AD reports.
The Car Cost Index covers 21 countries and analyzes the costs involved in owning a small or medium sized car. The total cost of ownership includes things like fuel, depreciation, taxes, insurance and maintenance.
Dutch banks ABN Amro and Rabobank were again targeted by DDoS attacks on Sunday night, leaving their online banking services unavailable for a time, ANP reports.
The two Dutch banks were also targeted by such cyber attacks on Thursday. In a DDoS attack, a website is bombarded with data, overloading its server and crashing the site.
Rabobank and ABN Amro were targeted by DDoS attacks on Thursday night and Friday morning. As a result their online and mobile banking, iDeal payments and websites were hard to reach or completely offline for several hours.
The attacks on Rabobank started around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, NOS reports. The problems were resolved shortly before midnight. ABN Amro was attacked during the early hours of Friday morning.
In a DDoS attack a website is bombarded by large amounts of data, crashing its server and therefore also the site.
Payment service provider Adyen is heading for the Amsterdam stock exchange, the company announced on Thursday. The company, which is valued between 5 and 10 billion euros, will get its first listing in four weeks' time, according to Financieele Dagblad.
Adyen processes payments for thousands of large companies. Its customers include Facebook, Uber, Netflix and eBay, among others. The Amsterdam based company is considered one of the most promising technology companies in Europe, according to NU.nl.
The Dutch police are using new artificial intelligence software to breathe new life into cold cases. The new software is specifically used to help hunt down still at large murderers and sex offenders, the Telegraaf reports.
The Dutch government plans to hold so-called smoke-free cigarettes to the same rules that apply to ordinary tobacco products. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is implementing an age limit and a ban on advertising on these products, NU.nl reports.
"Around this type of product is often the image that they are a smart alternative to ordinary smoking", Blokhuis said. According to him, that idea is misplaced, "because you can become mortally ill of it."
A 28-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having and selling hacked PayPal accounts, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The police got wind of this man after dismantling the Hansa Market - one of the largest illegal marketplaces on the Dark Web - in June last year. The dismantling of this marketplace gave the police's High Tech Crime team insight into a number of sellers and buyers, not only in hard drugs but also other items.
The Netherlands power grid is not growing fast enough to keep uw with all the new technological developments, the Dutch Data Center Association (DDA) warned in a letter sent to Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and climate on Thursday, AD reports.
According to the DDA, the Dutch digital economy is heading for a major problem due to acute capacity problems in the country's power infrastructure. The association also points out that it is impossible for the Netherlands to switch sufficiently to green electricity, because it simply can not be delivered.
The Ministry of Defense acquired a few dozen teeny-tiny drones. These Black Hornets will be used by reconnaissance units of the Dutch Armed Forces and Marine Corps, ANP reports.
A Black Hornet is a miniscule helicopter that weighs only 18 grams. It has a rotor span of 12 centimeters and can fly for 25 minutes, taking photos or recording video while it does so. Soldiers can use them to explore a battlefield at a safe distance.
A large power outage affecting parts of Amsterdam and Schiphol on Sunday also caused problems for chat service Telegram. Users across the world could not connect to the Telegram servers, NU.nl reports.
On Twitter Telegram reported that users in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa could have connection problems. The problem was resolved around 1:00 p.m.
The police took Anon-IB - an online forum where revenge porn was shared on a large scale - offline. The forum was seized in the context of an ongoing investigation, the police said, but refused to make any further statements, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch government and authority on financial markets AFM must come up with guidelines for ICOs if they want to keep developments in this technology in the Netherlands, Jan Robert Schutte, Amsterdam-based CEO of CryptoAcademy and ICO adviser, said at the Black Sea Blockchain Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia on Wednesday.
"As long as the AFM doesn't say anything - instead of providing guidelines for ICOs - the ICO projects will leave the Netherlands because of the lack of clarity." Schutte said.
The Dutch police took a website offline on which DDoS attacks could be purchased for a small amount. The site - Webstresser.org - was the largest provider of such cyber attacks worldwide, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.
So-called booter or stresser sites, like Webstresser.org, are often used to set up DDoS attacks.
System problems caused frustration during registration for the Nijmegen Vierdaagse - an annual four days long hiking event - on Monday morning, De Gelderlander reports.
The Vierdaagse started at 10:00 a.m. on Monday. At the same time, potential participants received a message that they can re-register for the event on a first come, first serve basis. Many people tried to register online for one of the 1,744 spots still available in the event, but to no avail. The online registration module wasn't working, and hopeful participants could not pay their entry fee.
VDL in Eindhoven is going to help the European Southern Observatory build the largest telescope in the world. Tens of millions of euros are involved in this project, Omroep Brabant reports.
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) made sure all Dutch government organizations are aware of a warning issued by the American and British security services about Russian state hackers targeting network equipment. The NCSC, which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security, takes this warning seriously and advises all Dutch organizations to check their network equipment for erroneous configurations, NU.nl reports.
Mitchel van der K., a local VVD politician from Almere and former editor for men's website Manners, hacked over 100 women, including vlogger Laura Ponticorvo and some of his colleagues, RTL Nieuws reports based on anonymous sources.
Several women filed charges with the police. According to the broadcaster, Van der K. looked for passwords on leaked databases and used them to try and break into the women's accounts.
Da Hongfei, founder of NEO - currently one of the top cryptocurrencies in the world, will be speaking at a NEO loves Amsterdam event at the DeLaMar theater in Amsterdam this weekend.
The event will host several speakers, including Da Hongfei himself. They will discuss the latest projects, developments and token sales launching on the NEO Blockchain.