Mar 9 '18 08:34

A robbery targeting safety deposit boxes at a Rabobank branch in Oudenbosch over the weekend, may be one of the biggest bank robberies in Netherlands history. At least 300 safety deposit boxes were emptied, and the robbers got away with between 5 and 15 million euros, the Telegraaf reports.

According to the newspaper, many of the safety deposit boxes contained cash and even gold bars - there was so much cash and gold that the robbers could not take everything.

Mar 7 '18 09:20

Burglars broke into a Rabobank branch in Oudenbosch and stole valuable belongings from several safety deposit boxes. The burglary happened sometime over the weekend and was discovered on Tuesday, according to NOS.

Exactly how many safety deposit boxes were robbed is unclear. The police speak of "a large number". An investigation is underway and the police are calling on witnesses to come forward.

Feb 28 '18 09:40

Large Dutch banks invested billions in the meat industry over the past years, and a large part of that money went to companies where animal welfare is not in order, according to a new report by Eerlijke Bankwijzer. These include companies that sell battery farm chickens, keep their sows locked up in cages, or slaughter animals in controversial ways, RTL Nieuws reports.

The Eerlijke Bankwijzer, or Fair Bank Guide, looks at whether Dutch banks invest their money responsibly. Amnesty International, FNV, Mileudefensie and Oxfam Novib, among others, contribute to it.

Feb 16 '18 11:40

Most Dutch people are not building sufficient financial buffers for a financially healthy future, Rabobank concludes based on a study by Nibud. Only two in five Dutch put money aside for training, income decreases, pensions, or healthcare, ANP reports.

Nibud questioned 2 thousand people for this study. Nearly half of respondents indicated that they are concerned about money matters in the future, yet most do nothing about it. Around a third don't have the money to set aside. But of the two thirds who do have financial room to set money aside, only 39 percent actually do so. 

house for sale
Feb 9 '18 10:50

Housing prices in the Netherlands will increase even more this year than they did in 2017, according to Rabobank. Economists at the bank expects housing prices to increase by 8 percent on average in 2018, compared to 7.6 percent last year. Next year housing prices will increase by around 7 percent, NU.nl reports.

Feb 8 '18 09:27

Rabobank agreed to pay 369 million dollars, around 300 million euros, to settle allegations that its California subsidiary Rabobank National Association (RNA) lied to regulators .

ING bank's online services were unavailable for a short time due to a DDoS attack, 30 Jan 2018
Feb 7 '18 10:09

An 18-year-old Oosterhout man, 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.

Feb 6 '18 08:10

The police arrested an 18-year-old man from Oosterhout in connection with multiple DDoS attacks , 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.

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Feb 2 '18 14:20

All major Dutch banks refuse to let entrepreneurs active in the cryptocurrency world open business account because of "too great compliance risks", Sprout reports after questioning ABN Amro, ING, Rabobank, Volksbank and Aegon subsidiary Knab about the matter. Only online bank Bunq allows cryptocurrency businesses to open accounts under certain conditions.

ING bank's online services were unavailable for a short time due to a DDoS attack, 30 Jan 2018
Jan 31 '18 07:42

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.

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 29 '18 12:58

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.

Jan 29 '18 11:40

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.

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Jan 25 '18 14:20

The North American trade agreement NAFTA falling apart would have negative consequences for the three countries it covers - the United States, Canada, and Mexico - but not for the Netherlands, Rabobank said in a report drawn up in response to increasing uncertainty that NAFTA will survive. The agreement collapsing could give Dutch businesses a 3 billion euros boost, the bank calculates. 

Police officers on the street
Jan 24 '18 10:17

A 25-year-old man found dead in a Breda flat earlier this month is very likely one of two perpetrators of a violent robbery in Bladel last year, according to the police. That robbery forms part of an investigation into Rabobank employees tipping criminals off about people withdrawing large sums of money at the bank.

The police found trace evidence in the Bladel victim's home that investigators linked to the man murdered in the Breda flat, the police said in a statement on Wednesday. 

Dec 14 '17 07:26

ING and Rabobank provided loans to three Dutch importers who purchase granite from quarries that use child labor, according to research from banking watchdog the Eerlijke Bankwijzer, RTL Nieuws reports.

Rabobank advertisement
Nov 17 '17 15:20

Rabobank must change one of its advertisements about sustainability and world hunger, the Dutch advertising code committee RCC ruled after receiving a complaint about the bank's promise to "solve the world food problem together". Rabobank will make the necessary adjustments, RTL Nieuws reports.

Oct 27 '17 08:06

Noord-Drenthe is the most prosperous region in the Netherlands, according to the Broad Prosperity Indicator by Rabobank and Utrecht University. Residents of Noord-Drenthe are happy, healthy and feel safe. Gooi also scored very well. People living in the Randstad are much less satisfied, ANP reports.

Oct 12 '17 15:30

If the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade treaty, a so-called hard Brexit, the cost to the Netherlands can amount to some 4 thousand euros per working Dutchman, economists at Rabobank calculated on Thursday, NU.nl reports.

Oct 3 '17 08:01

Unknown perpetrators tried to commit an ATM bombing in Dongen on Tuesday morning, but the explosives they used did not go off. The police closed down the area around the ATM and explosive experts are investigating the explosives, Omroep Brabant reports.

The perpetrators tried to blow open a Rabobank ATM on Hoge Ham in Dongen. They fled when the explosives did not go off. The police are looking for them, also deploying a helicopter. 

Sep 5 '17 09:13

Rabobank is closing its ATMs in dozens of places overnight in an effort to reduce the number of ATM bombings. The machines will be closed and locked with shutters and steel plates, Financieele Dagblad reports.

The bank hopes to increase the safety around the ATMs, because blowing one open can go "horribly wrong", a spokesperson said, according to the newspaper. "You shouldn't even think about criminals blowing up an ATM with apartments above it, and accidentally using too much explosives", the spokesperson said. 

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Aug 22 '17 09:37

Banks treat their customers with a mortgage "too often as a cash cow", Bart Combee, director of Dutch consumers assocation Consumentenbond said on Tuesday. A study by the association showed that banks often charge higher than necessary costs for adjustments to mortgages, ANP reports.

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Aug 17 '17 11:50

The risk of a bubble forming in the Dutch housing market is increasing, though it is currently limited to popular markets like Amsterdam and Utrecht, Rabobank said in a quarterly report. Driven by renewed confidence in the economy and low interest rates, home buyers are increasingly buying above the asking price in the expectation that house prices will continue to rise for a long time, according to the bank, RTL Nieuws reports.

Aug 9 '17 10:10

A Rabobank employee suspected of working with robbers, tipped the robbers about a customer who withdrew 100 thousand euros from a branch in Venlo. The man from Mulheim in Germany was robbed on the street a short time later, the Limburger reports.

The suspected bank employee worked at Rabobank's customer service department three days a week. He told the police that the robbers were blackmailing him with incriminating information. He cooperated with them because he feared for his job. 


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