The network outage that took down Rijksoverheid.nl and many other government and private websites on Tuesday was caused by a Direct Denial of Service attack, the government revealed on Wednesday. As the takedown was happening on Tuesday, a representative of the National Cyber Security Center told the Telegraf that they had no evidence of a cyber attack.
Several websites were unreachable throughout Tuesday due to a fault at the hosting provider Prolocation. Unreachable websites include both the government's Dutch and English sites, Rijksoverheijd.nl and Government.nl, Dutch blog site GeenStijl.nl and telecommunication firm Telfort's site.
The regional websites of Wegener newspapers were the victims of a large DDoS attack on Monday.
The hotline Firework Nuisance is online again. The site became inaccessible Thursday after a second cyber attack.
The hotline for reporting illegal fireworks was down several hours on Thursday as a result of a cyber-attack. Wednesday evening the site was down for several hours after a cyber attack, and Thursday it was attacked again.
The ING internet banking and mobile banking were down Wednesday, due to technical difficulties.
European Commissioner Neelie Kroes finds the revelations of whistleblower Edward Snowden very useful, according to her statements in the German magazine Der Spiegel.
Dutch airline KLM is experiencing a large ICT failure since last night. Customers cannot check in online or book tickets. The organization advises travelers to come to the airport earlier to check in there. The flight schedule is not affected.
The measures that ING has taken against new cyber attacks seem to bear fruit, according to a spokesperson of the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) in response to new problems, which the bank was able to remedy within 20 minutes. “Last week the internet banking system was down for hours and now it was over in a couple of minutes.”
ING has no idea why the last week it has been the victim of a DDoS attack several times. A spokesperson of ING said on Radio 1 this morning, “The company is not threatened or extorted.”
Criminals are using the cyber attack on the ING bank to send phishing mails. People are asked to follow a link in a fake e-mail to secure their personal banking details because they would be inadequately secured after the Internet fraud of last week.
Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported a cyber attack on Monday morning. Its website was offline for two hours on Sunday night and for half an hour on Monday morning at 9.00am. Publisher Herman Mantel said that the investigation of the newspaper showed that a DDos-attack was the cause.
The cyber attack on ING and iDeal on April 3 does not look like a serious attempt to get customers' data, according to experts and hackers in the Metro. “It looks to me like nothing more than teasing," says security specialist Barry van Kampen. “A prank of maybe an angry customer who wants to tease ING back and paralyze its organization.