Technology

Hilversum vote
Feb 2 '17 09:18

The votes in the upcoming parliamentary elections in March will all be counted by hand only, to avoid any chance of hackers interfering with the outcome, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday. This follows concerns about the security of software used by the Electoral Council and warnings that the Dutch election may be targeted by foreign parties.

Feb 1 '17 12:20

A faulty direct intercity train left 450 travelers stranded in the HSL tunnel near Rotterdam for about two hours. A technical problem caused the train's lights to go out and it could not travel any further, NU.nl reports.

The train between Rotterdam and Amsterdam left Rotterdam Central Station around 6:00 p.m. with around 450 people on board. The stranded passengers were evacuated from the train starting around 8:00 p.m. They had to cross the tracks to get one one of nine buses, that transported them directly to Schiphol airport.

Feb 1 '17 10:00

A computer malfunction in air traffic control at Schiphol on Wednesday morning means that numerous flights are delayed and other are being diverted to other airports. It is unclear how long this problem will last, ANP reports.

"We do not know what caused the problem or how long it will take for the problem to be resolved", a spokesperson said tot he news wire. A backup procedure was implemented which caused delays in arrival. Planes are departing according to schedule, however. 

Cyber security
Feb 1 '17 08:54

Most of the political parties in the Netherlands do not secure their websites properly, which means that they are vulnerable to hackers, ethical hacker Sijmen Ruwhof said to NRC. "PvdA, PVV, VVD, CDA and D66 for example have not installed certain security updates on their party websites for over a year, which makes them more vulnerable to hackers", Ruwhof said to the newspaper. 

collegas-op-straat
Feb 1 '17 07:55

The Dutch police are launching an experiment next week in which police officers in Rotterdam, Zwolle and Amersfoort will be equipped with tasers. In the coming weeks over 300 officers will undergo a two day training course on how to use a taser safely, and will then be allowed to use the weapon on the street if necessary, NOS reports.

Small galaxy Leo T, photo taken with upgraded Westerbork telescope, Jan 2017
Jan 31 '17 16:40

The Groningen astronomical institute Astron published the first pictures taken with the enhanced radio telescope of Westerborok. The first images shows Leo T, one of the smallest galaxies yet discovered, RTV Noord reports.

The telescope was upgraded with new radio receivers that act as a lens. This allows researchers to see about 40 times more than before. 

GVB_Bus
Jan 31 '17 09:50

Amsterdam municipal transport company GVB is starting the process of going cashless. From Tuesday travelers can no longer pay with cash on night buses, the first step in completely cashless public transit in the Dutch capital. GVB is working with other public transit companies in the region to achieve this goal, Het Parool reports.

Hilversum vote
Jan 31 '17 08:08

The software used at Dutch polling stations to send election results, is outdated and very vulnerable to hackers and there are not enough rules around where and where the software can be installed, according to security expert Sijmen Ruwhof, who investigated the software on behalf of RTL Nieuws. According to Ruwhof, "the average iPad is more secure than the Dutch voting system".

Eberhard van der Laan
Jan 30 '17 12:10

The makers of app Omapost is introducing a new feature called Eberhardpost on Tuesday. With this feature users can send free get-well-soon cards to Amsterdam mayor Eberhard van der Laan, who announced on Friday that he was

TU Delft's Hyperloop capsule stands ready for a race in Hawthorne, California, 30 Jan 2017
Jan 30 '17 08:53

A team of student's from TU Delft won the overall prize for best designed Hyperloop capsule at a c's space company SpaceX in Hawthorne, California, the university announced on Twitter. 

Amanda Todd
Jan 26 '17 10:24

The Dutch authorities are still struggling to break into an encrypted hard drive belonging to suspected webcam pedophile Aydin C. The Tilburg man is on trial for blackmailing dozens of underage girls after he convinced them to strip in front of their webcams, NOS reports.

The Public Prosecutor believes that much evidence can be found on the hard drive, if only they could break into it. The authorities have been trying to do so for three years. C. denies that the hard drive belongs to him, he says it's a friend's.

Streetlights not working in Haarlemmerbuurt, Amsterdam, 24 Jan 2017
Jan 25 '17 08:41

Darkness reigned on many Amsterdam streets on Tuesday night in an outing that seemed to only affect the streetlights. Streetlights in neighborhoods Oost, Osdorp, West and Haarlemmerbuurt, among others, were not working.

A spokesperson for the Amsterdam municipality told Het Parool that street lighting in the entire city was experiencing problem. The cause of the outing is unclear, but most streets had light again after a few hours. 

Photo: Phillips Headquarters, Amsterdam
Jan 24 '17 12:55

Philips is at loggerheads with American authorities over the production of defibrillators - FDA inspections revealed a number of shortcomings, according to ANP. The company is in talks with the U.S. department of Justice, acting on behalf of the FDA, on the matter. The company's value dropped by 4 percent after this was revealed on Tuesday morning. 

Snapchat
Jan 24 '17 12:20

Snapchat recently announced that it putting stricter measures in place against misleading or incorrect news articles on Snapchat Discover, the app's news section. This is good news for the nearly 1.9 million Dutch who have Snapchat - one of the fastest growing social media platforms in the Nethrlands - installed on their phones.

The platform grew from around 500 thousand daily users in 2015 to 960 thousand last year, according to iPhoned.nl. Only Instagram is doing better, with its daily users increasing from 992 thousand to 1.5 million in the same period.

Tobias Stamhuis and Sabina Kram
Jan 24 '17 11:45

Groningen man Tobias Stamhuis, now known as the "sweetest Moroccan in the Netherlands", is overwhelmed by the stream of positive responses to a on the street over the weekend. "I am really flabbergasted", he said to RTL Nieuws.

Jan 24 '17 10:20

The challenge of keeping the Netherlands digitally safe is increasingly growing, according to Onno Eichelsheim, director of Dutch military intelligence service MIVD. The MIVD is therefore urgently looking for the next generation of cyber specialists to keep hackers out, he said to newspaper Trouw on Tuesday.

According to Eichelsheim, the specialists he is looking for is hard to come by, as they first need more training. "In order to understand new threats, I for example need people who can build algorithms to filter large amounts of internet data", he said to the newspaper.

800px-Bicycles_-_Van_Oldenbarneveltsplaats_-_Cool_-_Rotterdam
Jan 23 '17 16:35

Three quarters of people in the Netherlands are against texting and using a smartphone while cycling, according to a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Telegraaf reports.

The survey was done among a representative group of 554 people over the age of 18 years. 70 percent of respondents described using a smartphone while cycling as an "urgent problem". Of the respondents over the age of 55 years, a massive 90 percent saw it that way. While among young people, only half see it as an urgent problem.

Tobias Stamhuis and Sabina Kram
Jan 23 '17 14:15

Dutch-Moroccan man Tobias Stamhuis has gone viral with a video he and a friend made on a phone they picked up on Saturday night. Before turning the phone into a police officer, the two men left a friendly video message to its owner.

solar energy
Jan 20 '17 18:00

The Netherlands' largest solar farm officially opened on Thursday. The farm in Delfzijl consists of some 123 thousand solar panels and can produce 30 megawatts of power. It is expected to power some 10,000 homes, NU.nl reports.

The solar park is called Sunport Delfzijl is about as large as 65 football fields. It took German group Wirsol about a year to build. 

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 20 '17 09:33

The municipality of Amsterdam is investigating whether a third death can be attributed to a massive power outage that hit the city and its surrounds on Tuesday. The family of a 75-year-old woman had to wait online for almost 10 minutes when calling emergency number 112 when the elderly woman became ill on Tuesday, AT5 reports.

Jan 19 '17 11:00

Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs decided to obligate government websites to use secure HTTPS connections after all, he said in Parliament on Wednesday, NU.nl reports.

Power outage in Amsterdam, 17 Jan 2017
Jan 18 '17 07:27

A massive power outage in Amsterdam and surrounds on Tuesday morning may have cost the lives of two elderly Amsterdam residents, the municipality said. One may have died because the emergency line could not be reached and the other because her oxygen supply cut out when the power went out, the Telegraaf reports.

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.

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