Technology

Police
Apr 26 '18 15:00

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.

Edmund Lowell (left), Founder of Selfkey, and Jorgen Welsink, CEO of Cryptocurrency Academy, at the 2018 Black Sea Blockchain Summit. 25 April 2018.
Apr 25 '18 16:30

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.

Police take DDoS provider Webstresser offline, 24 April 2018
Apr 25 '18 15:50

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.

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Apr 23 '18 13:10

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.

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Apr 20 '18 12:30

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.

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Apr 18 '18 09:26

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.

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Apr 17 '18 11:40

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. 

NEO loves Amsterdam event poster
Apr 13 '18 15:30

Da Hongfei, founder of NEO - currently one of the top cryptocurrencies in the world, will be speaking at a 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. 

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Apr 12 '18 08:41

Dutch girls in HAVO, VWO and MBO increasingly chose to study in a technical direction, though the increase is minimal in VMBO and higher education, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.

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Apr 10 '18 08:35

NS is launching an experiment with a travel planner app that will help travelers find a seat on a busy train. The app, called zitplaatszoeker, shows with the colors green, yellow, or orange how likely you are to find a seat on which cart of the train, RTL Nieuws reports.

The experiment starts on the route between Arnhem and Den Bosch. NS deliberately chose this route because "it often happens that passengers have to stand on one side of the train, while there are still seats on the other side". 

Data theft
Apr 6 '18 14:40

The government's plans on how to change the new law for the Dutch intelligence services after aleaked on Thursday night. The changes are "mostly cosmetic" and don't do justice the results of the advisory referendum, according to privacy organization Bits of Freedom, NOS reports.

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Apr 6 '18 12:40

Over a third, 37 percent, of Dutch parents find it convenient to keep their children occupied by putting them behind the television, a tablet or smartphone. Tough four in ten feel guilty about doing so, according to the on media use by children aged 0 to 6 years by Mediawijzer, NU.nl reports.

Gotcha
Apr 6 '18 09:03

A search engine showing 1.4 billion of leaked or hacked passwords, including those of some 3.3 million Dutch, is officially online. On Dutch people can now check whether their password was stolen by searching for their email address. If there is a leaked password associated with that email address, the site shows the first two characters of the password, NU.nl reports.

ING bank's online services were unavailable for a short time due to a DDoS attack, 30 Jan 2018
Apr 5 '18 13:00

The Dutch government and businesses in the Netherlands need to work together to create a kind of national firewall to protect important websites and apps against DDoS attacks, five experts in digital security plead in an open letter, NOS reports.

Currently banks, telecom providers, energy companies and other businesses all individually hire security companies to help prevent such cyber attacks. But that is not enough to stop these types of attacks, the experts warn. If they worked together, they could prevent an attack one one company from having success at another company.

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Mar 30 '18 07:40

A large number of emails and some 3.3 million passwords of Dutch people can be found easily online through a special search engine, newspaper AD discovered on Friday. The emails and passwords of employees of manly large Dutch organizations, companies and government institutions are found on this search engines, including of organizations that fulfill a vital function, the newspaper writes. 

Mar 22 '18 12:30

Dutch bank ING managed to track down the fault that resulted in . The bank reversed the double payments and by now all customers should have their money back, RTL Nieuws reports.

DURF, a political party in Katwijk
Mar 21 '18 12:10

Someone tried to hack the Facebook page and website of Katwijk political party DURF on Tuesday and Wednesday, the party said on Facebook.

For a short time the DURF Facebook page showed a post calling on voters to vote for 'another party'. Someone also tried to log in to the party website from different accounts. DURF doesn't know who is behind the hack.

"This is undermining local democracy", the party writes on Facebook. "It is unacceptable. This manipulation is a disgrace and a slap in the face for all the people who are going to cast their vote today."

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Mar 21 '18 09:32

A technical failure at ING resulted in 3 million transactions being debited twice, a spokesperson for the bank confirmed to NU.nl after countless customer complaints on social media.

The double transactions mainly concern debit card payments that were processed on March 19th. According to the spokesperson, due to the fault a specific 'batch' of payment data was processed twice. It is possible that some customers had multiple transactions debited twice. 

Mar 14 '18 10:40

The software that will be used to count votes in the upcoming municipal elections is still not safe. Hackers can use the vulnerable software to influence the election results, experts that examined the software told RTL Nieuws.

Ethical hacker Sijmen Ruwhof discovered more than 50 vulnerabilities in the software. He calls ten of them 'high risk'. 

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Mar 13 '18 10:30

On Monday an innovation deal was signed in Brussels that removes obstacles for storing energy in batteries. Companies in Utrecht's Lombok neighborhood have been . The Urecht project is one of two innovation deals that the European Commission selected out of 32 proposals. "An important step", State Secretary Mona Keijzer of Economic Affairs and Climate said, ANP reports.

Bitcoin Keychains
Mar 9 '18 07:43

Banning cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin is unfeasible, but the Dutch government wants to regulate the trade in cryptocurrency internationally to address the improper use of these digital coins, Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Finance wrote in a letter to parliament, NU.nl reports.

Hoekstra wants to bring cryptocurrencies into an "appropriate regulatory framework" without jeopardizing the technology's potential. He wants to make sure that the conversion of cryptocurrencies into regular money does not happen under the radar, for example.

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Mar 8 '18 07:36

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. 

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Mar 5 '18 16:00

Four in ten Dutch use the same password for multiple online services, such as email, social media and online banking, according to a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Security. One in five said they use the same password for more than 10 different accounts, NU.nl reports.

FastNed charging station
Mar 2 '18 12:50

Dutch company FastNed unveiled its first super-fast electric car chargers this week. According to the company, 15 minutes on one of the new charges can charge an electric car's battery enough to drive up to 500 kilometers, Trouw reports.

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