Online platform No More Ransom, launched by the Dutch police, helped at least 300 Dutch people get rid of ransomware on their computers in the three years of its existence. Over 2.5 million people worldwide have consulted the platform, the police said in a statement on Thursday.
The Dutch police are concerned about an increasingly popular development in cybercrime, which the police refer to as cybercrime-as-service. Criminals can now buy cyber attacks easily, cheaply and at any time of day or night, the police said in a statement.
Dozens of often foreign hosting companies are storing child pornography, malware and stolen data on Dutch servers. The Public Prosecution Service is teaming up with the network of hosting companies in the Netherlands to address this problem, NOS reports.
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.
The National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) made sure all Dutch government organizations are aware of a warning issued by the American and British security services about Russian state hackers targeting network equipment. The NCSC, which falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security, takes this warning seriously and advises all Dutch organizations to check their network equipment for erroneous configurations, NU.nl reports.
The websites of dozens of Dutch municipalities and various government websites in the United Kingdom and United States were infected with malware that hijacked site visitors' processing power to mine cryptocurrency Monero. Over 4,200 websites were affected worldwide, NU.nl reports.
When mining cryptocurrency, the processing power of a computer is used to validate transactions on the cryptocurrency network. Those who make their computers available for this are rewarded with crypto coins.
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.
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.
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. According to the organization, they were infected by WannaCry, the ransomware that infected some 200 thousand computers in 150 countries last weekend, NU.nl reports.
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.
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.
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.
Europol, the FBI and several European police units took a massive botnet network offline. The network, called avalanche, consisted of some 500 thousand computers and was operated from the Netherlands for a time. Five arrests were made, NOS reports.
A 22-year-old man from Maassluis was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of hacking, fraud and money laundering. The police got track of him after a bank pressed charges. He was traced based on thousands of collection notices he sent while pretending to be organizations like PostNL or collection agency Intrum Justitia
Hema has put a recall on water kettles that could lead to dangerous situations as well as USB sticks which contain serious security vulnerabilities.
Hackers are increasingly targeting the Netherlands and cybercrime and digital espionage remain the biggest threats to the digital security in the country. This is greatly influenced by geopolitical developments, such as international conflicts and political sensitivities.
The police arrested two men from Amersfoort on Monday on the suspicion that they spread so-called ransomware to tens of thousands of computers world wide.
A total of 8.3 percent of worldwide cyber attacks in the second quarter of this year originated in the Netherlands. The Netherlands is thereby third on the rankings, behind Russia - 51 percent of all attacks - and the United States - 12 percent of attacks.
A Joint Investigation Team comprising of authorities in the Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Finland, Great Britain and Norway, recently broke up a large network of cyber criminals who used malware to attack banking systems world wide.
The Netherlands joined forces with the FBI and Europol's European Cybercrime Center and the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce to take down the Beebone botnet, Europol announced on their website yesterday. The operation was led by the Dutch National High Tech Crime Unit.
The damage done by fraud during payment transactions decreased significantly in the Netherlands last year - from 33.3 million euros in 2013 to 17.3 million euros in 2014.
Ransomware, a form of malware that restricts access to infected computer systems and demands that a ransom be paid to the creators of the malware to remove the restriction, is on the rise in the Netherlands.
In the last few days, the website of online shop Computerland has been entirely copied by hackers, who then used the website not only to make money but to install malware on customers' computers. This is reported by Tweakers.
The recent MH17 flight crash is being used in an online scamming scheme, mainly through facebook. Online security experts warn that these ads spread objectionable links. Minister Ivo Opstelten of Security and Justice is calling the digital scheme shocking.