24 Apr '13, 2pm

Cyber attack deprives millions of Dutch of online ID

Cyber attack deprives millions of Dutch of online ID

THE HAGUE: More than 10 million Dutch citizens were unable to use their official online signature to pay bills and taxes because of a cyber attack, officials said Wednesday. The national DigiD system "is no longer accessible since Tuesday evening because of a DDoS attack," the interior ministry said in a statement. DDoS or distributed denial of service attacks essentially disrupt sites by bombarding them with traffic. Use of the DigiD system is widespread in the Netherlands, where more than 10 million people out of a population of 17 million rely on it, ministry spokesman Frank Wassenaar told AFP. DigiD users' personal details are not under threat, the ministry said. "It's as if the alarm is constantly going off and the door remains closed," the minister said. "The thieves thankfully stay outside but unfortunately so also do normal visitors." DigiD is a secure system for c...

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