Saturday 27 November 2021

Hackers demand $50m from Mediamarkt, disrupt computer access: RTL

Hackers demand $50m from Mediamarkt, disrupt computer access: RTL

Hackers are demanding $50m from electronics chain Mediamarkt, RTL Nieuws reported on Tuesday. All European outlets of Mediamarkt were hit by a cyber attack on Monday, which partly disabled the computer system, not allowing clients to make returns or pick up new orders. RTL said the attack was the work of criminal hacking group Hive, which has been active against companies and organisations since June and demands ransom in bitcoin. Mediamarkt is a German company with over 1,000 outlets in... More >

Concern over ON links to anti-Semitic site

One of the leading members of right-wing broadcaster Ongehoord Nederland (ON) runs a website that has regularly published anti-Semitic propaganda, the NRC has revealed. Taco Dankers is chairman of the supervisory board at ON, which is hoping to start broadcasting on the Dutch public networks in January after passing the threshold of 50,000 paying subscribers. But the 56-year-old is also editor of Gefira, a research foundation that describes itself as ‘part of a pan-European think tank’ focusing on the EU,... More >

Police arrest four in dark web operation

Four Dutch residents have been arrested as part of an international crackdown on sales of illegal goods on the dark web. Police confirmed reports by investigative TV programme Pointer that 150 arrests had been made in the US and Europe relating to traders on DarkMarket, one of the largest dark web marketplaces, which was shut down in January. The Dutch national police arrested the owners of the two largest DarkMarket accounts in the Netherlands, which operated under the names Dutch... More >

Facial recognition used at 25 festivals

A small festival in Limburg used facial recognition as a way for visitors to provide ID in addition to the QR code, the NRC reported on Tuesday. Some 30% of the 2,000 visitors to the festival, held in aid of the victims of the flooding earlier this year, downloaded the app to upload personal data, a selfie and a copy of an ID, the NRC said. Organiser Marcel van Eeghem said the app speeded up entry controls ‘enormously’ and that... More >

Half Dutch homes have fibre optic cable

Just over half of Dutch households now have a fibre optic cable connection, Dutch consumers authority ACM said on Thursday. In total, 4.1 million of the Netherlands’ eight million households have access to a fibre optic network and if the current installation speed continues, the entire country will be abled up by 2030, the ACM said in its latest telecom monitor. T-Mobile, KPN and Delta are currently laying fibre optic cables and 1.8 million households actually have a subscription which... More >

Netflix raises Dutch subscription prices

Streaming service Netflix is putting up its subscription prices for the first time in four years. The standard subscription will go up €3 a month to €13.99, and the premium will go up by €2. The basic deal, which allows one person to watch the service, will remain €7.99, so that ‘everyone can continue to enjoy our services,’ Netflix said. The company says it will alert its 2.2 million subscribers in the Netherlands to the new prices 30 days ahead... More >

Dutch expat website moves into Switzerland

Dutch website IamExpat, which has been providing information and tips for the international community in the Netherlands since 2009, has launched a new operation in Switzerland. The Swiss website is the second for the company, IamExpat Media, outside its home base. The German website was launched in April 2019 and has had around four million unique visitors over the past 12 months. ‘There are so many different reasons internationals from all over the world live and work there, so launching... More >