Cyber security
Nov 30 '16 16:25

The Ministry of Defense is launching its Defense Cyber Commando (DCC) team next year, the Ministry announced on Wednesday. The unit consists about 80 officers who will focus on protecting the Netherlands' own digital networks, but can also carry out offensive attacks, ANP reports.

These offensive attacks could include switching off computers and weapon systems, or altimeters for aircraft, according to the news wire.

Radioactive sign hangs outside a cafe in Chernobyl
Nov 30 '16 12:20

Another nuclear disaster like Chernobyl is definitely possible, especially when you take human error into account, according to nuclear expert and professor Wim Turkenburg. "There are 500 nuclear reactors around the wolrd and the chance that another nuclear disaster will happen is certain", he said to broadcaster NOS. 

Europol building in The Hague
Nov 30 '16 08:18

Television program Zembla managed to get hold of more than 700 pages of confidential information from Europol. The data is mostly from the period 2006 to 2008 and consists of hundreds of names and telephone numbers of people associated with terrorsim at that time. It also includes an analysis of the so-called Hofstad Group and the Madrid bombings, reports.

Hospital room
Nov 24 '16 08:52

So far this year Dutch hospitals reported 304 leaks of sensitive information, Trouw reports based on figures from the personal data authority AP. The authority would not give details about the leak, as this could be traced to individual hospitals.

Petri Dish
Nov 23 '16 16:05

Dutch inventors are working on a robot that can solve one of the biggest problems of the coming decades - antibiotic resistant bacteria. This robot SID, which stands for See, Identify and Destroy, can be programmed to destroy very specific bacteria.

Nov 22 '16 16:50

The Council of the Judiciary wrote a very critical letter to Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs over the new datamining law that allows intelligence service AIVD to from the internet.

Nov 22 '16 10:55

Microsoft is teaming up with TU Delft's quantum computing lab QuTech and is setting up a Dutch department for research on quantum computers. Professor Leo Kouwenhoven, founder and leader of QuTech, will work for Microsoft as the director of the new lab, while remaning attached to the university, reports.

It is not clear exactly how much money Microsoft is investing in its new Dutch activities, but it is known that Microsoft and QuTech are now connected for 10 years. 

Nov 21 '16 16:30

The D66 wants official European safety standards for devices that connect to the so-called internet of things. Devices that do not meet these standards should be banned, parliamenterian Kees Verhoeven said in an interview with He will submit a proposal addressing this to Dutch parliament next week. 

Nov 21 '16 16:00

Amsterdam's internet exchange AMS-IX processed 5 terabits per second on Sunday around 8:30 p.m., a new record and a 19 percent increase in the amount of internet traffic flowing through the exchange comapred to the end of 2015, reports.

According to AMS-IX, the new milestone can be contributed to the overall growth of internet traffic in Western Europe. The Amsterdam internet exchange can currently handle up to 20 terabits per second.

Nov 18 '16 09:19

A total of 20 confidential documents were found in Economic Minister Henk Kamp's private email account, which he used for work puroposes for a long time, the Minister wrote to parliament on Thursday following an investigation by the national auditing service ADR. One of those documents contained a state secret with the highest classification of "Zeer Geheim", or Very Secret in English, reports.

HNLMS De Zeven Provincien
Nov 14 '16 13:59

A joint purchase by the Netherlands and Belgium will give the navies of those two countries access to twelve minesweepers and four frigates, according to Belgian media outlet De Redactie. An estimated four-billion euro purchase price will be split by the neighboring nations, presuming Dutch defense minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and her Belgian counterpart, Steven Vandeput, sign the deal later in November.

Nov 10 '16 16:00

Defense company Thales deals with over 100 thousand cyber attacs a dy on various fronts ranging from computers on their network to employees' personal phones, CEO Gerben Edelijn said to BNR.

Big data
Nov 8 '16 11:40

A fifth of Dutch companies with at least 10 employees analyze so-called Big Data - large amounts of unstructured data, according to Statistics Netherlands. This often involves analysis of their own data, but one in 10 companies also analyze data from outside the company.

Big data analysis is more common in large companies than smaller ones. About 15 percent of companies with between 10 and 20 employees do it, compared to 42 percent of companies with 500 or more employees.

Nov 8 '16 10:31

Rotterdam and energy company Engie teamed up for an experiment in wirelessly charging electric cars. Together they developed a charging plate, which means that instead of plugging into a pole with a cord, an electric car can charge by parking on the induction plate in a parking lot. The charging is started with an app, NOS reports.

Nov 7 '16 12:35

Starting on Monday Schiphol is launching a test with a new security scanner in Departure hall 3, which scans in 3D. This means that security staff can see more clearly what is in luggage and that travelers no longer have to remove electronics and liquids from their bags. The airport hopes that this scanner will make the security checks go smoother and faster, ANP reports.

Oct 31 '16 11:35

Dozens of Dutch towns still have poor mobile phone reception, according to NOS based on its own study with the local broadcasters. Drenthe and Noord-Brabant in particular struggle with poor reception. 

23 thousand people participated in the study. They were asked to rate their mobile network. In 19 towns and one Lelystad neighborhood, the networks scored below 3 out of 10. Six of the 19 towns are in Drenthe. There were also many complaints in Noord-Brabant

Oct 26 '16 12:45

Japanese car maker Toyota is recalling over 36 thousand cars in the Netherlands due to potentially dangerous airbags. Defects in the airbag inflation system of Takata airbags means that metal pieces can be shot into the car when the airbag is released. This defect has been linked to 17 deaths worldwide, so far none in the Netherlands, ANP reports.

Oct 25 '16 14:40

A special technical installation on the jetty of Zierikzee makes it possible for people to hear the porpoises in the Oosterschelde. The porpoise sounds are captured using a hydrophone, which is attached to a buoy in front of the coast, ANP reports.

"With the push of a button the visitor hears the sounds the aimals emit." initiator Frank Zanderink of Stichting Rugvin said. The porpoise is the smallest species of cetaceans found in the Netherlands.

Oct 24 '16 13:50

For the first time ever a Dutch house pet was cloned. The cloning happened in South Korea for a new BNN program, NOS reports.

Cloning is prohibited in the Netherlands, but importing a cloned animal is not illegal. 

Oct 21 '16 17:26

The Dutch government will soon make a proposal that would allow the police to exploit so-called zero-day vulnerabilities in software and not notify the developers about the weaknesses, the Telegraaf reports based on sources in The Hague.

This means that if the police manage to break into a suspect’s phone and computer through a vulnerability that the developer does not know about, the can leave that “back door” open. And they don’t have to tell the developer about it. This will allow the police to make use of the same vulnerability for longer.

NXP Semiconductors
Oct 21 '16 14:50

American chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. may soon announce that it is taking over Dutch rival NXP Semiconductors NV. The deal for a 35 million dollar acquisition is in the final stages, Bloomberg reports based on sources familiar with the process.

According to these sources, the American company is wrapping u a review of the Eindhoven based company's finances and operations. The announcement may come as soon as next week, when NXP is announcing its quarterly figures. Or may wait until November 2nd, when Qualcomm will announce its results.

Oct 20 '16 19:13

The Tax Authorities' equipment for scanning license plates often don't recognize the new ones. The system is not equipped to recognize plates with the combination two letters, three numbers one letter, according to newspaper AD. 

The newspaper based its article on documents of operations controls from 2013. According to AD, nothing has changed since then.

Due to this problem, tax evaders in new cars are more likely to get away with not paying his taxes than people driving older cars. This creates inequality, employees at the Tax Authorities said to the newspaper.

Oct 14 '16 17:32

Nearly half of diesel cars were found to be using software that manipulated the emissions so they would be granted environmental certification, new research by the Netherlands Vehicle Authority (RDW) shows. The evidence could trigger massive automotive recalls across the country.

The RDW tested 30 different models, of which 16 were using software that potentially causes fraudulent results, broadcaster NOS reported on Friday.

Oct 14 '16 11:40

A 43-year-old man from Amstelveen is suspected of sexually abusing Filipino children through webcam sex, the Public Prosecutor announced on Thursday