In total, over 800 thousand crimes were reported to the police in the Netherlands last year, an increase of 4 percent compared to 2018, according to annual figures the police released. This is the first time in nearly a decade that crime figures showed an increase. In 2010 over a million crimes were reported. That slowly decreased to 770 thousand in 2018. But the downward trend came to an end in the second half of 2018.
A University of Twente student says she has developed an algorithm that can help Twitter and Facebook determine if an account on the social media platforms was hacked. Meike Nauta says her algorithm analyzes six data points that can determine a hack to a 99-percent certainty, reports Dutch media outlet Computable.
An increasing number of hacker groups and cyber spies make use of Dutch computer servers to attack foreign governments, according to a study done by internet security firm Trend Micro
The United States is leading an investigation into bomb threats made against schools across the world in January, including three schools in Amsterdam. Though American authorities are in charge of the case, they are working in unison with the Netherlands, Dutch police said on broadcaster AT5.
With the popularity of DDoS cyber attacks increasing, more and more schools are also being hit. And the perpetrators are often the school's students themselves, doing so just for the fun of it or because they want to avoid writing an exam, according to Aiko Pras of the University of Twente
The Netherlands was one of four European Union countries to take part in a joint international operation led by Europol's European Cyber (EC3) investigated the Rammit botnet responsible for infecting 3.2 million computers worldwide, says Europol.
Dutch people reported almost 8 million euros worth of internet fraud to the police last year. A total of nearly 44 thousand reports were made. This is evident from the annual figures of Reporting point Internet Scams, set up by the police to counter internet fraud.
The official website of Malaysia Airlines was hacked on Monday by a group claiming to support terrorist organization Islamic State (ISIS). The group calls itself Lizard Squad - Official Cyber Caliphate.
Internet criminals will face tougher punishments as per a new directive from Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten.
Hundreds of people fell victim to criminals who managed to infect their computer with a virus, showing shocking and violent images of child pornography, according to the police.
The completely anonymous use of the Internet makes it almost impossible to address child pornography. Making and using child pornography is therefore a risk-free crime, according to Troels Oerting, head of European cyber crime of the European police organization Europol.
A 48-year-old man from Cuijk in Brabant is a suspect of the abuse of about three hundred girls in the age of 10 to 17 years. Probably eleven girls he met and abused, but the rest he abused over the internet.
The hundreds of victims come mainly from Holland but there are also 30 Belgian victims. The man has been active during eight years. He is now in custody in Noord Holland. If he already confessed was not yet announced by the prosecution.
The boy suspected to have posted a threat in the forum 4chan.org has recently visited the Dutch Embassy in Costa Rica.
A spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed a report from RTL Nieuws. The 18-year-old boy was found in a hotel in San Jose. He was broke and should have voluntarily gone to the embassy. The suspect legally entered Costa Rica and thus could continue to stay there. According to RTL, the embassy would be willing to pay for his ticket back home. Costa Rica has no extradition treaty with the Netherlands.
On Wednesday evening DigiD was once more the victim of a cyber attack. This was announced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs. According to the Ministry there is no sign of theft. Personal data have not been stolen and remain safe.
It is the second attack on DigiD in two days. Earlier on Tuesday evening there was a so-called DDos attack, an attack in which large quantities of data are sent to the server making the server unreachable.
An 18-year-old boy, who is staying in Costa Rica, is suspected as the one who has threatened to do a shooting at a school in Leiden. The suspect is a previous student of a high school in Leiden. The boy has not been arrested. Because he is staying abroad, it is impossible that his threat can be executed. Thus, the police can now stop securing the schools.
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.”
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.