ABN Amro is suddenly stepping up its game in the fight against money laundering. The bank is investing 85 million euros into getting its client files in order and is hiring hundreds of new employees to help with this. ABN Amro confirmed that it is in "constant dialogue" with regulator DNB, but would not say if it is trying to avoid fines or other penalties, the Volkskrant reports.
Banks are increasingly removing their ATMs from Dutch streets due to ATM bombings. People living around ATMs fear for their safety. ING bank alone closed 170 out of its total 508 ATMs in the last two years, the Telegraaf reports.
An ATM on Surinameplein in Amsterdam was blown open during the early hours of Friday morning. This was the third ATM bombing in the Dutch capital in a week, NOS reports.
The incident at the ABN Amro happened shortly after midnight. Whether the perpetrators got away with any cash, is not yet clear. They fled on a scooter, according to the police. The bombing caused a large amount of damage.
Business man Bill Browder pressed money laundering charges against a number of banks and businesses in the Netherlands. The Pubic Prosecutor is currently investigating the charges to see if criminal prosecution is justified, RTL Nieuws reports.
The three major Dutch banks - ING, Rabobank and ABN Amro - have decided they do not each need their own ATMs and will therefore jointly launch a new uniform, bank-independent ATM brand. The new, yellow cash dispensers will be called 'Geldmaat' and will start appearing next year, NOS reports.
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.
The future is looking bleak for toy stores in the Netherlands. Their average turnover is plummeting, and more and more stores are closing their doors. While the approaching holiday season may be the lifebuoy for many toy stores, it is already too late for some, RTL Z reports.
The toy industry in the Netherlands stopped growing in 2009, according to a study by ABN Amro. The number of physical stores is dropping rapidly. In Zeeland it even halved since 2005.
ABN Amro is taking various measures at its corporate bank, including scrapping 250 jobs. The bank wants to increase this department's profitability, ABN Amro announced at the presentation of its figures for the second quarter, Het Parool reports.
The corporate bank, officially called the Corporate and Institutional Bank (CIB), accounts for 2,600 of ABN Amro's total 19 thousand jobs. CIB is responsible for financing shipping and the energy sector, and for managing acquisitions and IPOs.
ABN Amro expects that home prices in the Netherlands will increase by an average of 8.5 percent this year and 7 percent next year, instead of the bank's previous predictions of 8 and 5 percent respectively. According to the bank, interest rates will remain low for the time being, resulting in housing prices increasing faster than previously expected, ANP reports.
The three large Dutch banks - ABN Amro, ING and Rabobank - are structurally involved in abuses in the palm oil sector. These abuses include land grabbing, human rights violations and cutting down rainforests, according to two reports environmental organization Milieudefensie published on Monday, ANP reports.
According to Milieudefensie, between 2010 and 2018 the three banks invested at least 4.9 billion euros into 14 palm oil companies guilty of 118 abuses in nine countries.
The Belgian branch of ABN Amro ignored signals that controversial clients may be involved in money laundering and did not do any extra research into these clients because of such signals, Trouw reported on Wednesday based on internal ABN Amro emails the newspaper has in its possession.
A group of 21 high-level managers at ABN Amro contacted the Dutch supervisors on the financial markets to raise alarm about the lack of leadership at the bank. CEO Kees van Dijkhuizen is not a leader and the bank has basically no strategy, they write in a letter to DNB and AFM. The Ministry of Finance was also warned, NOS reports.
Dutch banks ABN Amro and Rabobank were again targeted by DDoS attacks on Sunday night, leaving their online banking services unavailable for a time, ANP reports.
The two Dutch banks were also targeted by such cyber attacks on Thursday. In a DDoS attack, a website is bombarded with data, overloading its server and crashing the site.
Rabobank and ABN Amro were targeted by DDoS attacks on Thursday night and Friday morning. As a result their online and mobile banking, iDeal payments and websites were hard to reach or completely offline for several hours.
The attacks on Rabobank started around 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, NOS reports. The problems were resolved shortly before midnight. ABN Amro was attacked during the early hours of Friday morning.
In a DDoS attack a website is bombarded by large amounts of data, crashing its server and therefore also the site.
Large Dutch banks invested billions in the meat industry over the past years, and a large part of that money went to companies where animal welfare is not in order, according to a new report by Eerlijke Bankwijzer. These include companies that sell battery farm chickens, keep their sows locked up in cages, or slaughter animals in controversial ways, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Eerlijke Bankwijzer, or Fair Bank Guide, looks at whether Dutch banks invest their money responsibly. Amnesty International, FNV, Mileudefensie and Oxfam Novib, among others, contribute to it.
An 18-year-old Oosterhout man arrested in connection with DDoS attacks on Dutch financial institutions, 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.
The stock exchanges in Europe opened with strong minuses on Tuesday following heavy exchange losses in Asia and on Wall Street. The AEX index on Beursplein 5 in Amsterdam recorded 3.5 percent lower at 523.69 points shortly after start of trading. All 25 main funds were in the red, AD reports.
The MidKap plunged 3.8 percent to 785.67 points and the stock exchanges in London, Paris and Frankfurt saw a 3 percent drop in value.
The police arrested an 18-year-old man from Oosterhout in connection with multiple DDoS attacks on the Tax Authority, 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.
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.
ABN Amro, ING, Rabobank and the Tax Authority again faced DDoS attacks on Tuesday, though this time the financial services managed to deter them better than over the weekend. The attacks caused a short disruption in payment system iDeal, but the problems were quickly restored, NOS reports.
ABN Amro was troubled by attacks all day long, but they were mostly successfully fought off, a spokesperson said to the broadcaster. Around 5:30 p.m. the bank faced a short disruption.
The Dutch Tax Authority was hit by a DDoS attack on Monday, NOS reports. According to the tax service, its site was difficult to reach for a time on Monday morning, but everything should be working again. Three Dutch banks also faced such cyber attacks since Saturday.
A number of online Rabobank services are unavailable on Monday due to a DDoS attack, the bank confirmed. Rabobank is the third Dutch bank affected by such a cyber attack since Saturday.
In a DDoS attack large amounts of data traffic is sent to a particular website, overloading its server and thereby crashing the site. According to Rabobank, some customers can currently not log into their mobile- and online banking. iDeal is also currently not available to everyone, a spokesperson for the bank told NU.nl.
Dutch banks ABN Amro and ING were both hit by DDoS attacks over the weekend, leaving customers unable to use their mobile- or online banking for hours at a time, NOS reports.
In a DDoS attack large amounts of data traffic is sent to a particular website, overloading its server and thereby crashing the site.