Technology

Schiermonnikoog
Dec 12 '18 11:00

A drone intended to transport medicine to the island of Schiermonnikoog, crashed in the Wadden Sea during a test flight, Dagblad van het Noorden reports based on government documents. As this was a test flight, the drone had no medication on board.

According to the documents, the TU Delft drone was given the instruction to land while it was still 1.1 kilometers away from the landing platform. As a result, the drone fell 80 meters from the sky and into the ocean. As the drone's coordinates were known, it was quickly found and recovered by a ship.

The Ocean Cleanup system successfully installed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 17 Oct 2018
Dec 12 '18 10:10

Dutch man 's Ocean Cleanup project is not working quite as it should. The system is moving too slowly to hold on to the plastic it collects in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. But Slat is confident that this problem can be solved, he said on Twitter.

"Most aspects of concept have been confirmed (wind vaning, intercepting plastic, wave following) - it's just not moving fast enough yet. This is fixable", he said.

Huawei Technology in Shenzhen, China
Dec 7 '18 10:00

For the time being, Dutch provider T-Mobile will not stop using Huawei equipment in its telecom networks due to foreign concerns that the Chinese company's equipment is being used for espionage. KPN and VodafoneZiggo are still considering, RTL Z reports after speaking to the telecom companies.

In the United States, Australia and New Zealand, the authorities are concerned that China is using Huawei's equipment for espionage. The countries are therefore barring the Chinese company from tendering for the 5G network, the successor of 4G.

Hacker_-_Hacking_-_Symbol
Dec 4 '18 15:20

A few dozen Dutch companies have been infected with ransomware SamSam, according to security company Fox-IT. A precise number can not be given because it is unknown how many companies paid the ransom or managed to get rid of the malware themselves, NOS reports.

Uber
Nov 27 '18 15:00

The Dutch Personal Data Authority fined Uber 600 thousand euros for not reporting a major data leak in 2016 in time. The leak meant that unauthorized persons had access to millions of Uber customers' and drivers' personal data, the Authority said on Tuesday, NU.nl reports.

Schiphol airport, 29 Sept 2018
Nov 15 '18 17:11

A China Eastern passenger jet flying from Shanghai to Paris was diverted to Amsterdam on Thursday morning due to weather conditions in Paris. The passengers on flight were then forced to wait inside the Boeing 777-300 at Schiphol Airport for over 4.5 hours after their 13-hour flight.

Nov 14 '18 08:59

The access control systems at police stations in the Netherlands are "super vulnerable" - access passes can easily be copied, sources told newspaper AD. 

In this way malicious parties can gain access to offices where police firearms are stored, evidence rooms, or even locker rooms where police uniforms are kept, according to the newspaper. Uniforms were previously stolen during a burglary at a police station in Haren. "It is super vulnerable", a source said to AD. "And that at a time when we know that criminal organizations want to frustrate the police."

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Nov 13 '18 09:11

The Ministry of Defense is stepping up the fight against cyber attacks. In addition to investing more in fighting off cyber attacks, the Ministry also wants to deal with perpetrators more publicly as recently happened after a in The Hague, ANP reports.

Nov 7 '18 08:55

The Dutch police made a breakthrough in intercepting encrypted messages between criminals. They gained access to the server of chat app Ironchat and could read messages sent between criminals as they were sent, the police announced on Tuesday afternoon. Over a hundred suspects were identified and many arrests will follow, NU.nl reports.

Participants in the NEO Hackathon event in the Netherlands, 18 & 19 Oct 2018
Nov 3 '18 08:00

The G-Team won the NEO Hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft earlier this month with their project "GDPR with NEO". Team members Niels Beukers and Serge Hendrickx walked away with 500 NEO, worth around 7,100 euros at the time. Buekers and Hendrickx's "GDPR with NEO" project aims to integrate the General Data Protection Regulation with blockchain to better protect user privacy and provide solutions for data storage. 

Molly, Maastricht UMC's virtual nurse
Nov 2 '18 15:00

Maastricht UMC+ is working on an AI system, named Molly, that can independently diagnose and prescribe medication to heart patients. A less-advanced version of Molly is already being tested, De Limburger reports.

The less advanced Molly is a virtual nurse that works through an app and gives patients with heart failure instructions on how to measure their blood pressure, for example. It answers questions and warns patients if they need to call the doctor. Molly 2.0 will be much better and smarter. 

Lecture Hall
Oct 29 '18 09:27

Dutch universities are worried that the supply of lecturers in Artificial Intelligence will dry up - the vast majority of PhD graduates in this field are opting to enter the business world or teach at an American university, Financieele Dagblad reports.

American universities such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are increasingly given the opportunity to invest in AI. MIT recently announced a 1 billion dollar investment in a new AI center. Dutch universities can not compete with this financial strength. 

Northwestern Europe at Night
Oct 26 '18 08:35

Despite public street lighting and illuminated advertising, many Dutch cities are getting darker, according to a study of the 54 largest cities in the Netherlands by Natuur- en  Milieufederaties. The environmental federations call this a "turning point" for light pollution in the country. The Netherlands is one of the most illuminated countries in the world, AD reports.

The Ocean Cleanup system successfully installed in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, 17 Oct 2018
Oct 18 '18 14:20

Dutch developer Boyan Slat's plastic catcher arrived at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch on Wednesday and is ready to start the great . According to The Ocean Cleanup's models, the plastic catcher can cleanup half of all the plastic currently in the ocean within 10 years. 

Twitter
Oct 18 '18 08:22

Twitter accounts run by Russian trolls from St. Petersburg tweeted about the  disaster 1,400 times, according to an analysis by NOS of a database of tweets released by Twitter on Wednesday. The database consists of 9 million tweets from Russian trolls and another 1 million tweets by Iranian trolls, including retweets. The tweets were posted by 3,814 accounts that Twitter linked to the Internet Research Agency based in St. Petersburg. Another 770 accounts are based in Iran. 

NEO Hackathon
Oct 17 '18 14:19

Calling all developers and coders! The Chinese blockchain platform and digital currency firm NEO is holding a hackathon in Rotterdam and Delft this weekend. Teams will be challenged to write smart contracts using the Golang programming language, with prizes up to 500 NEO - worth €7,100 at the time of writing - up for grabs.

The event in the Netherlands was organized by NEO, the Delft University of Technology and telecom company KPN.

Google
Oct 16 '18 16:00

From Tuesday web browser Google Chrome marked 3 thousand Dutch sites as 'unsafe'. When visiting one of these sites, a warning will appear stating that the connection is unsafe and that sites may try to steal your data, according to a study by Open State Foundation, NU.nl reports.

These unsafe sites include the websites of the municipalities of Zutphen and Heemskerk, as well as Ekoplaza and NS International's customer service site. 

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Oct 15 '18 07:57

The three large Dutch banks - ING, ABN Amro and Rabobank - are largely dependent on only one company for cyber security against DDoS attacks. The cyber security firm in question is the American company Akamai, which counts 18 of the world's 30 largest banks as its customers, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Ank Bjleveld
Oct 15 '18 07:44

The Netherlands is the midst of a "cyber war" with Russia, Defense Minister Ank Bijleveld said on television program WNL op Zondag. According to the Minister, a on chemical weapons watchdog OPCW shows that the nature of war has changed.

800px-Hyundai_Bangkok_p2_approaching_Port_of_Rotterdam,_Holland_19-Apr-2007
Oct 5 '18 11:00

Hard work is being done at the Port of Rotterdam on the development of a self-sailing ship. The first serious test with autonomous sailing will happen within a year, Vincent Wegener of the company Captain AI said to broadcaster NOS.

Ank Bjleveld
Oct 4 '18 12:50

Dutch military intelligence service MIVD prevented a hacking operation by Russian secret service G.U. aimed at the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPWC), Minister Ank Bijleveld of Defense announced at a press conference in The Hague on Thursday. The G.U. tried to hack the OPWC on April 13th. Four involved Russian officers were deported from the Netherlands that same day, NOS reports.

Surgeons using a surgical robot at UMCG
Sep 14 '18 16:50

Surgeons at the University Medical Center in Groningen (UMCG) recently successfully performed the first surgeries with the help of the hospital's new surgical robot. The operations were successful and the patients are doing well, the hospital said in a statement on its website.

HARDT CEO Tim Houter and Infrastructure Minister Melanie Schultz unveil Europe's first Hyperloop test tube in Delft, 1 Jun 2017
Sep 13 '18 10:20

Schiphol teamed up with Delft startup Hardt Hyperloop to investigate the possibility of a Hyperloop connection between the airport and Frankfurt in Germany. They will investigate building an above ground Hyperloop system on roughly the same route currently being used by NS and Deutsche Bahn for the ICE high-speed train, Het Parool reports.

Traffic light
Sep 11 '18 13:40

The province of Noord-Holland performed an experiment with seven cars that can communicate with each other and with traffic lights in the first week of September. This is the first such experiment in the Netherlands, according to the province, NU.nl reports.

The experiment was done on the N205 at Hoofddorp and Haarlem. The cars are connected to each other, so they can pass information about when they accelerate or brake between each other. They also communicate with traffic lights, so they know how long it will take a traffic light to change.

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