The Netherlands is the number one country in Europe and fourth in the world for cyber criminals, according to figures published on Tuesday by security company Symantec, RTL news reports.
Dutch servers process a great deal of spam, phishing, botnets and other digital threats, Symantec reports. Globally, only the US, China and India process more malware.
The Netherlands is popular with cyber criminals because its internet network works so well. The connections are fast and reliable, there are a lot of people online and Amsterdam has one of the largest internet junctions in the world.
The fact that so much cyber crime is routed through the Netherlands does not mean all the criminals are Dutch, however. The country is mainly used by criminals around the world as one step in an attack in order to make detection difficult, Symantec says.
Globally, Symantec registered 317 million new malware programmes in 2014.
The latest threat report is published in the week that a top-level meeting to discuss cyber attacks is being held in The Hague.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl
The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments.
DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. Your contributions make this possible.