Insurance providers in the Netherlands should not pay ransom on behalf of organizations which fall victim to ransomware, Justice and Security Minister Ferd Grapperhaus advised on Wednesday. In a letter addressed to parliament over issues of cybersecurity, Grapperhaus advised insurance providers to instead pay out the cost of damages organizations incur by not paying the ransom, believing that paying the ransoms themselves will only incentivize further criminality.
A police unit freed two Shell employees who were abducted in Nigeria last week, a Shell spokesperson said on Tuesday. The two are doing well, according to the spokesperson, NU.nl reports.
The two employees were abducted during a work outing at Rumuji in the Niger Delta last week Thursday. Their police escort was killed during the attack. On Tuesday morning the two employees were rescued by a police commando team from the southern state of Rivers.
A Dutchman was recently freed by the Spanish police after spending 11 days as a hostage. He was kidnapped at his home in Lloret de Mar in mid-June and his abductors demanded 1.5 million euros in ransom. The man was freed just before the ransom was paid, AD reports.
The perpetrators were wearing police uniforms when they grabbed the Dutch man as he tried to enter his home. He was beaten, drugged and blindfolded before being forced into the trunk of a car.
The police made three new arrests in the investigation into the kidnapping of a 37-year-old Rotterdam man in Amstelveen in March. They will be arraigned on Friday, AT5 reports.
A 29-year-old man previously arrested in this case appeared in court on Friday morning. During the hearing it was revealed that the kidnappers wanted a million euros in ransom. The victim had one hour to arrange the money. "Otherwise something would happen to his wife and children", the prosecutor said.
A defect on a rented night-vision camera was the reason that Freddy Heineken's kidnappers got away with 30 million euros the night the ransom was dropped, former Justice Minister Frits Krothals Altes reveals in his new book Zeven politieke levens. The kidnappers were on the run for two years before the police finally caught up to them, AD reports.
The police had a breakthrough in the case of a Rotterdam man being kidnapped in Amstelveen earlier this year. Investigators found the house where the man was held hostage on Spaarnestraat in Leiden, the police announced on Thursday. The house has been thoroughly searched and the police expect to make arrests soon, NU.nl reports.
The men who kidnapped Gino Heeren and Rien de Koning from a car dealership last week, demanded 90 thousand euros in ransom from their family
The three Dutch nationals who were released by their Nigerian kidnappers on saturday landed safely at Schiphol this morning. Only one of the returnees was seen at the exit, the other two left the airport via another exit, the Algemeen Dagblad reports.
The Dutch people who were kidnapped in Nigeria have a ransom price of €10 million in cash on their heads. Nigerian police report that all three hostages are still alive, according to RTL Nieuws.
The impending peace act between Colombia and Cuba means that the Tanja Nijmeijer, Dutch officer of the Colombian rebel movement FARC can be a figurehead again. She has returned to the public eye, with an interview in Der Spiegel.
Rob Grifhorst passed away in Amsterdam on Wednesday. He is known as 'the fifth Heineken kidnapper.' It is unclear what the cause of death was, but Grifhorst's passing was confirmed by his lawyer.