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."

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 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'. 

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, 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.

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, 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. 

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, 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.

Mar 1 '18 12:10

The first two blockchain babies were born in the Netherlands last week. Health insurer VGZ is experimenting with an app using this technology, mainly known for cryptocurrency, to reduce the administrative burden in maternity care, Financieele Dagblad reports. 

Netherlands wind energy
Feb 23 '18 16:55

High-voltage grid operator Tennet wants to invest €28 billion over the next ten years in order to make it possible to take on more electricity from renewable sources. Tennet is owned one hundred percent by the Dutch State, and since 2010 it also manages a part of the German high-voltage grid. 

BlockShow Europe 2018
Feb 20 '18 16:20

Amsterdam will be the host city of a blockchain meetup event in the run-up to the BlockShow Europe conference that will be held in Berlin in May. The Amsterdam BlockShow MeetUp will be held in the The Warehouse on Generaal Vetterstraat on March 29th.

Feb 20 '18 12:30

The Dutch police identified 93 suspects using facial recognition system Catch last year, tech site Tweakers reports.

Feb 16 '18 17:40

The United States is blaming Russia for a ransomware attack that. In the Netherlands container terminal APM in the port of Rotterdam, pharmaceutical MSD, and package carrier TNT were infected by the ransomware called NotPetya or Petya.

PAL-V flying car
Feb 14 '18 12:00

Dutch company PAL-V is premiering the production model of its flying car -- at the car exhibition in Geneva early in March. The Liberty can seat two people and costs between 300,000 and 400,000 euros. "We are sold out until 2020", CEO Robert Dingemanse said to the Telegraaf.

Feb 13 '18 12:50

The websites of dozens of Dutch municipalities and various government websites in the United Kingdom and United States were infected with malware that hijacked site visitors' processing power to mine cryptocurrency Monero. Over 4,200 websites were affected worldwide, reports.

When mining cryptocurrency, the processing power of a computer is used to validate transactions on the cryptocurrency network. Those who make their computers available for this are rewarded with crypto coins. 

Feb 8 '18 15:20

Laura and Jef, two people who promoted cryptocurrency platform Bitconnect in Twente, are receiving death threats since the platform collapsed, Laura said on Quote's website.

Bitcoin cryptocurrency and euros
Feb 8 '18 09:55

The number of Dutch investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin or Ethereum more than tripled to around 580 thousand over the past six months, according to a study by Kantar TNS. "I can't remember ever seeing anything like this", researcher Reg van Steen said, RTL Nieuws reports.

In August 2017 a total of 135 thousand Dutch households owned cryptocurrency. Now it is 490 thousand. In some households, more than one person invest in cryptocurrency, bringing the researchers to a total of around 580 thousand Dutch who own cryptocurrency.

ING bank's online services were unavailable for a short time due to a DDoS attack, 30 Jan 2018
Feb 7 '18 10:09

An 18-year-old Oosterhout man, wanted "to show that a teenager can simply crash all banks with a relatively simple attack", suspect Jelle S. wrote in an email to the Volkskrant shorty before his arrest.

Feb 6 '18 08:10

The police arrested an 18-year-old man from Oosterhout in connection with multiple DDoS attacks , tech site Tweakers and internet provider Tweak last week, as well as on online bank Bunq in September last year. The man was arrested on Thursday, February 1st, the police said in a statement on Monday.

Navigation system stolen out of a car
Feb 2 '18 15:40

The Dutch police are calling on motorists who drive a car with a 'smart' key to deactivate their 'keyless entry' function following a series of incidents in which cars were broken into in The Hague area. The thieves were able to empty out the cars without having to break open a door or window. 

The 'keyless entry' function automatically unlocks the car when its key comes within its vicinity. 

Hackers or Keyboard users
Feb 2 '18 15:00

Foundation Halt and the Public Prosecution Service together launched an experiment in which young criminal hackers are sent to work at an ICT company as part of their punishment. The first trial run of this experiment, called Yoda after the Star Wars character, has already been completed in collaboration with three ICT companies in the northern provinces, the Prosecutor said in a statement. 

Bitcoin Keychains
Feb 2 '18 14:20

All major Dutch banks refuse to let entrepreneurs active in the cryptocurrency world open business account because of "too great compliance risks", Sprout reports after questioning ABN Amro, ING, Rabobank, Volksbank and Aegon subsidiary Knab about the matter. Only online bank Bunq allows cryptocurrency businesses to open accounts under certain conditions.

Bitcoin cryptocurrency and euros
Feb 1 '18 13:40

Minister Wopke Hoekstra of Financie is looking into whether banning certain cryptocurrency exchanges is desirable and possible. He hopes to give the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, information about this in the next few weeks, AD reports.

According to Hoekstra, the government would like to ban bitcoin derived products such as binary options - where people basically gamble on whether an asset like Bitcoin will rise to a specific price, or fall below a certain amount. But he added that this must first be properly investigated.