Technology

iQOS
May 16 '18 10:20

The Dutch government plans to hold so-called smoke-free cigarettes to the same rules that apply to ordinary tobacco products. State Secretary Paul Blokhuis of Public Health is implementing an age limit and a ban on advertising on these products, NU.nl reports. 

"Around this type of product is often the image that they are a smart alternative to ordinary smoking", Blokhuis said. According to him, that idea is misplaced, "because you can become mortally ill of it."

Arrest
May 10 '18 11:30

A 28-year-old man from Rotterdam was arrested on Monday on suspicion of having and selling hacked PayPal accounts, the police said in a statement on Wednesday.

The police got wind of this man after dismantling the - one of the largest illegal marketplaces on the Dark Web - in June last year. The dismantling of this marketplace gave the police's High Tech Crime team insight into a number of sellers and buyers,  not only in hard drugs but also other items. 

Equinix's data center AM4 opened on Amsterdam's Science Park, 5 Jul 2017
May 3 '18 10:50

The Netherlands power grid is not growing fast enough to keep uw with all the new technological developments, the Dutch Data Center Association (DDA) warned in a letter sent to Minister Eric Wiebes of Economic Affairs and climate on Thursday, AD reports.

According to the DDA, the Dutch digital economy is heading for a major problem due to acute capacity problems in the country's power infrastructure. The association also points out that it is impossible for the Netherlands to switch sufficiently to green electricity, because it simply can not be delivered. 

Black Hornet drone
May 2 '18 15:00

The Ministry of Defense acquired a few dozen teeny-tiny drones. These Black Hornets will be used by reconnaissance units of the Dutch Armed Forces and Marine Corps, ANP reports.

A Black Hornet is a miniscule helicopter that weighs only 18 grams. It has a rotor span of 12 centimeters and can fly for 25 minutes, taking photos or recording video while it does so. Soldiers can use them to explore a battlefield at a safe distance.

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Apr 30 '18 14:40

A large on Sunday also caused problems for chat service Telegram. Users across the world could not connect to the Telegram servers, NU.nl reports.

On Twitter Telegram reported that users in Europe, Russia, the Middle East and North Africa could have connection problems. The problem was resolved around 1:00 p.m. 

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.

Vierdaagse
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.

ESO’s Extremely Large Telescope that is being built in Chile, April 2018
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.

Child on a tablet
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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