Dutch parliament hit by cyber attack

  • Roman Šulc
  • 2.4.2017 16:55

On 28 March the Dutch press reported a ransomware (a malware designed to lock user's PC until a ransom is paid) infection, which was found in Dutch parliament systems. The attack was allegedly stopped in its initial phase, although some of the files had already been encrypted. Preliminary findings indicate that the attack was enabled by a phishing campaign. Reuters, based on local press agency ANP, states that the incident is deemed as the Turkish hackers' response to the Dutch banning the Turkish politicians meetings intended for rallying support for the empowerment of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in the upcoming referendum. 

The same issues are also behind worsening Turkish relations with Germany and Austria, which is resulting in a cyber campaign from Turkish hacktivists. Aside from DDoS attacks against Austria, many subject-related twitter accounts and Dutch web sites were also recently targeted.

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