Hackers keep Dutch government offline

7th October 2004, Comments 0 comments

7 October 2004, AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government's main websites were still inaccessible on Thursday as efforts continued to repulse an attack by hackers.

7 October 2004

AMSTERDAM — The Dutch government's main websites were still inaccessible on Thursday as efforts continued to repulse an attack by hackers.

The government's information service said the site regering.nl (the Dutch-version of government.nl) was back online on Thursday, but the second site overheid.nl remained inaccessible to the public.

But when last checked by Expatica at 4pm both sites were still offline.

The government's technical experts have been battling to fend off the so-called denial of service attack, which works by overloading sites by continuously calling up pages.

The individual ministries' websites and eu2004.nl, the official website of the Dutch presidency of the EU, continue to operate as normal.

A spokesperson for the government information service RVD said that a complaint had been lodged with the police about the hacking and an investigation was underway to track down the people responsible.

A group calling itself the 0x1fe Crew announced earlier they would keep the websites offline until Saturday to protest against the government's stringent budget cuts.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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