cyber security

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'. 

Mar 5 '18 16:00

Four in ten Dutch use the same password for multiple online services, such as email, social media and online banking, according to a survey commissioned by the Ministry of Justice and Security. One in five said they use the same password for more than 10 different accounts, reports.

Jan 29 '18 14:39

The DDoS attacks that hit and over the weekend and on Monday, came from servers in Russia, according to security company ESET. The company adds that this does not automatically mean that the perpetrators are also in Russia, the Telegraaf reports.

Jan 23 '18 07:43

Last year 3.4 million people in the Netherlands fell victim to cybercrime, according to a study by security company Symantec. That comes down to around one in five Dutch. The victims lost a total of around 1.3 billion euros. Symantec concludes that people overestimate their knowledge of digital security, RTL Nieuws reports.

Jan 11 '18 09:21

The Algemene Inlichtingen en Veiligheidsdienst (AIVD), the Dutch intelligence agency, has prevented 4 terrorist attacks from taking place since 2011. That is according to AIVD's chief Rob Bertholee, who commented it in an interview at the TV program College Tour.

Dec 8 '17 10:00

Water locks and pumping stations in the Netherlands are in danger of being hacked due to inadequate computer hardware and software, according to an investigation published by the Telegraaf. Security software is updated just about every five years, a sign of poor maintenance, and the computer systems that control the water operations date back as far as the mid-1980s, the newspaper said.


Tweede Kamer
Oct 24 '17 08:38

The email systems of the Tweede Kamer - the lower house of Dutch parliament - are not well protected, which means that third parties can relatively easily send emails posing as parliamentarians, Follow the Money reported based on its own research.

Follow the Money proved this by sending emails under the names of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, VVD chairman and new Minister of Foreign Affairs Hable Zijlstra, PVV leader Geert Wilders and D66 leader Alexander Pechtold. 

King Willem-Alexander giving the 2016 Christmas speech
Sep 19 '17 14:49

On Tuesday King Willem-Alexander opened the Netherlands' parliamentary year with his traditional Budget Day speech. He talked about the devastation left of the Caribbean islands that form part of the Dutch Kingdom, terrorism around the world, the prosecution of those responsible for the MH17 disaster, and making sure that everyone in the Netherlands benefits from the improving economy, among other things.

Aug 7 '17 10:35

A data leak at software company CarWise ICT meant that information of thousands of Dutch lease drivers was easily accessible to unauthorized parties. The leak was discovered by security company ESET, director Dave Maasland confirmed to Maasland estimates that at least 100 thousand customers were affected.

solar energy
Aug 4 '17 09:07

Hackers can easily break into Dutch solar panels, which could put the European power supply at risk, according to cyber security investigator Willem Westerhof of ITsec in the Volkskrant.

According to Westerhof, the SMA transformers in many Dutch solar panels are poorly protected and have a "wide range of vulnerabilities". Users aren't prompted to change the default password. The transformers are vulnerable to force attacks. And the devices are secured by one super password of the supplier. If a hacker gets hold of that password, many problems can be caused. 

Jul 5 '17 15:10

Dutch businesses are poorly aware of and prepared for cyberattacks, the Cyber Security Council warned on Wednesday. The Netherlands must take immediate action to make sure businesses have the necessary information to protect themselves against digital threats, the Council said, according to ANP.

Jun 28 '17 08:29

Countless computers across the world were infected with ransomware in a new global cyber attack. In the Netherlands the malware hit the APM container terminal in the port of Rotterdam, pharmaceutical MSD and package carrier TNT. There is no sense in paying the ransom, cyber security experts warn, broadcaster NOS reports.

Hospital room
Jun 26 '17 15:25

At least 15 Dutch hospitals were hit in ransomware attacks over the past three years, NOS reports based on a survey in which 25 hospitals participated anonymously. The hospitals insisted on staying anonymous out of fear of attracting hackers, according to the broadcaster. Another 20 hospitals refused to participate at all due to this concern.

Jun 21 '17 11:46

Dutch companies, government institutions and citizens are not responding fast enough against growing digital threats, according to National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security Dick Schoof. At home and at work Dutch people often opt for the fastest solution, instead of the most secure one. Which means that the gap between threats and security measures is getting larger instead of smaller, Schoof said in the Netherlands Cyber Security Image 2017, ANP reports.

Tweede Kamer
Jun 15 '17 15:05

The Tweede Kamer is calling on the Dutch government to do something about unsafe internet of things devices. A vast majority of 148 out of 150 parliamentarians voted for a motion demanding an investigation into what security requirements can be set, reports.

The motion demands that the government investigates what minimum security requirements can be imposed on the internet of things, how those requirements can be enforced and what other measures are necessary to protect consumers from poorly-protected devices.

Jun 2 '17 13:20

A new consortium of six Dutch cyber security companies promised to not be taken over by foreign parties in order to best protect the cyber-side of important Dutch infrastructure. They feel that Dutch national interests and state secrets are best protected by Dutch companies. With this strategy the cyber security companies are taking advantage of controversy that arose when Fox IT was bought by a British investor in 2015, Financieele Dagblad reports.

Apr 6 '17 07:38

The city of Rotterdam's data protection and information security is so poorly organized that Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb may be in danger, the Rotterdam Court of Auditors concludes in a report that the Volkskrant managed to get hold of. The report states that the mayor is at "real risk of physical danger", the newspaper reports.

For example, attackers could relatively easily get access to Aboutaleb's secret agenda or email to get information on where to attack.

Mar 28 '17 13:50

Ransomware was found on the computer systems of the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of Dutch parliament, a spokesperson for the Kamer confirmed to various news sources after D66 parliamentarian Kees Verhoeven posted about it on Twitter. Exactly what happened is unclear, but according to Tweakers, the problems are largely solved.

"The Kamer already took appropriate measures. As usual, we can not discuss it further because of safety", the Kamer spokesperson said to NOS.

Mar 2 '17 09:47

The Dutch government and Dutch companies are very poorly protected against cyber attacks and crime, according to a report by the Rathenau Institute. Current measures against cyber threats are insufficient and strengthening cyber security in the Netherlands should be a higher priority, the report says according to ANP.

The report, titled A never run race was done at the request of the National Coordinator for Counterterrorism and Security and intelligence service AIVD.

Bert Koenders
Feb 13 '17 11:50

The Netherlands must work on diplomacy, defense and development in order to tackle the growing threat of cyber attacks from hostile countries and criminals, according to the International Cyber Strategy that Minister Bert Koenders of Foreign Affairs sent to Dutch parliament on Sunday. Koenders wants international law to be supplemented to suit the needs of the new digital world, the Telegraaf reports. 

Cyber security
Feb 13 '17 11:15

The Dutch Land Registry's computer system does not have proper security and is vulnerable to major data breaches, according to Land Registry documents in the Financieele Dagblad's possession. A spokesperson for the Land Registry confirmed the authenticity of the documents to

The AIVD building in Zoetermeer
Feb 3 '17 09:07

Dutch intelligence service AIVD is very concerned about increasing cyber attacks on the Netherlands by countriees like Russia, China and Iran, AIVD director Rob Bertholee said in an interview with EenVandaag. He calls these attacks a threat to democracy.

Over the past six months the Netherlands fought off hundreds of hacking attempts, Bertholee said. Among the targets were secret government documents. And according to the AIVD boss, it is clear that Russia was behind many of the attacks.

Feb 2 '17 14:15

Interior Minister Ronald Plasterk's d is unpractical, according to the Dutch association for local governments NVVB.

Hilversum vote
Feb 2 '17 09:18

The votes in the upcoming parliamentary elections in March will all be counted by hand only, to avoid any chance of hackers interfering with the outcome, Minister Ronald Plasterk of Home Affairs announced on Wednesday. This follows concerns about the security of software used by the Electoral Council and warnings that the Dutch election may be targeted by foreign parties.


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