The Dutch police plans to extend its contribution to international police missions. National Police Chief Erik Akerboom wants to send dozens of extra police officers abroad in the coming years, he said in a statement on the police site on Friday.
The websites of the Dutch Tax Authority and DigiD were hit by DDoS attacks on Wednesday afternoon. As a result no tax declarations could be filed for hours, and people had trouble logging in to various government websites, NU.nl reports.
The attack on the Tax Authority started around 3:00 p.m., and DigiD was hit around 3:25 p.m. Both sites were fully accessible again by 8:00 p.m.
The attack did not affect the security of taxpayer's data, not even if people were filing declarations when the DDoS attack started, a spokesperson for the Tax Authority said to the newspaper.
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, NU.nl reports.
The United States is blaming Russia for a ransomware attack that infected countless computers around the world last year. In the Netherlands container terminal APM in the port of Rotterdam, pharmaceutical MSD, and package carrier TNT were infected by the ransomware called NotPetya or Petya.
Jelle S., an 18-year-old from Oosterhout suspected of DDoS attacks on the Dutch Tax Authority and others, was released from custody. He is still considered a suspect, NU.nl reports.
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 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.
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.
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.
A gang of Romanian cyber criminals suspected of infecting computers in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, and the United States with ransomware, was busted in Romania last week in coordinated investigations by the Dutch, Romanian, British, and American authorities and Europol, the Dutch police said in a statement.
The VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie are now really very almost done with their government agreement, ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers said to NOS on Friday afternoon. But he thinks the four parties will have to meet again on Monday.
There will be no meetings over the weekend. The ChristenUnie respects the Sunday rest. "And on Saturday I have other plans", Segers said to the broadcaster.
Registered crime in the Netherlands dropped for the second year in a row in 2016, according to the criminal law and enforcement report published by Statistics Netherlands, scientific research and documentation center WODC and the Judicial Council on Monday. The police registered fewer crimes and arrested fewer suspects in 2016 than in 2015, resulting a decrease in cases through almost the entire criminal law chain.
As the new Dutch government prepares to present its government agreement, more and more of the VVD, CDA, D66 and ChristenUnie's plans are leaking to the press. On Monday we've learned that the new government plans more changes to the asylum policy and is giving more money to security.
A massive 75 percent of Dutch people have little to no worries about cyber security at their work place, though many do take measures for digital protection at home, according to a National Cybersecurity Awareness Study that Alert Online published on Monday. The study's release coincides with the launch of Alert Online's annual cybersecurity campaign, NU.nl reports.
A fifth of Dutch companies with at least 10 employees, dealt with the consequences of a cyber attack last year, Statistics Netherlands revealed in a study on IT incidents on Monday. Companies in the financial- and energy sectors are most vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to the stats office.
All Dutch courts should get a special "cybercrime chamber" with judges specially trained to handle technically complex cases, according to senior counselor Christiaan Baardman and Leendert Verheij, president of the court of law in The Hague, NU.nl reports.
The Hague already has a Cybercrime Knowledge Center, where judges are trained on technical developments. But Verheij and Baardman believe a special chamber for really specialized cases will be more effective.
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.
National school students' organization LAKS was hit in a ransomware attack that left its exam complaint website off line from 4:00 p.m. on Thursday until Friday morning.
Europol's European Cybercrime Center arrested a total of 27 people suspected of using laptops to instruct ATMs to dispense money, the European policing agency announced in a statement. Two of the suspects are from the Netherlands. Others come from the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Romania, Spain and Norway.
The arrests were made in 2016 and 2017, with the latest one happening in Spain last month. Europol, working with a total of 20 countries, launched an investigation into this so-called ATM Black Box phenomenon when it first started appearing in Western Europe in 2015.
During the first quarter of this year, two Dutch government institutions and a company in the energy sector were infected with ransomware, AD reports based on information obtained from the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) by appealing to the freedom of information act. Ransomware is a type of malware that blocks access to files on an infected computer. The user can regain access to the files by paying a ransom, usually demanded in bitcoins.