A few dozen Dutch companies have been infected with ransomware SamSam, according to security company Fox-IT. A precise number can not be given because it is unknown how many companies paid the ransom or managed to get rid of the malware themselves, NOS reports.
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.
Ransomware - a form of malware that takes your personal files and data "hostage" and only releases them once you've paid a sum of money - is getting more and more sophisticated, security expert Martin van Dantzig of Fox-IT warned in the Volkskrant. This last period has seen particularly rapid professionalization, he said.
Terrorists and other criminals increasingly use encryption, making it harder and harder for intelligence services to break into their communications, according to Dutch experts in a report to the UN Security Council, BNR reports.
A group of Chinese hackers for years had access to the systems of a Dutch-German defense technology company, during which time they "definitely" obtained access to technological information and "probably" also had control of the company's network, the Volkskrant reports based on sources in the intelligence community.
Dutch IT security firm Fox-IT worked with the FBI and American security company Crowdstrike to investigate a group of cybercriminals who have stolen at least 100 million dollars in banking funds over the past year, investigators revealed at the global cybersecurity conference Black Hat in Las Vegas on Wednesday,
RTL Nieuws have photos in their possession that give more information about the circumstances of the disaster with flight MH17. According to the news agency, the photos and an interview with the man who took them prove that the disaster was very likely caused by an anti-aircraft missile fired from a separatist region in eastern Ukraine.
The Dutch army is creating cybercommando's, a crack team of hackers who will be trained to attack enemy lines, online.
Two Netherlands based Internet security firms reported that Yahoo's advertising servers have distributed malware to hundreds of thousands of users over the last few days. It appears Yahoo's advertising network has been attacked by malicious parties who hijacked the network.
The AIVD should legally be allowed more room to monitor the Dutch networks. Not to spy on Dutch citizens, but to scan for the presence of intelligence services. This advocates Ronald Prins, director of the IT security company Fox-it, in response to the news on the digital break-in at the Belgian telecom company Belgacom.