"Internet banking in Netherlands is safe"

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9 October 2007, AMSTERDAM – Internet banking in the Netherlands is safe. The Netherlands Bankers' Association (NVB) said this on Monday in a reaction to reports published in the Flemish daily newspaper De Tijd. The Russia mafia reportedly succeeded in plundering Belgian bank accounts. The banks are very concerned but keep the security problems hidden from their clients, according to the De Tijd. The banks in question are reportedly Argenta, KBC and Dexia. Several KBC clients are said to have been duped as

9 October 2007

AMSTERDAM – Internet banking in the Netherlands is safe. The Netherlands Bankers' Association (NVB) said this on Monday in a reaction to reports published in the Flemish daily newspaper De Tijd. The Russia mafia reportedly succeeded in plundering Belgian bank accounts.
 
The banks are very concerned but keep the security problems hidden from their clients, according to the De Tijd. The banks in question are reportedly Argenta, KBC and Dexia. Several KBC clients are said to have been duped as well as three at Dexia. The public prosecution department in Belgium only wanted to say that an investigation is underway.

The NVB has emphasised that only "occasionally" criminals succeed in hacking the systems. Moreover, in most of the cases the banks are not to blame but rather the clients using internet banking.  Consumers for instance are still using the outdated Windows 98 system or their virus protection system is outdated.
 
The Netherlands has one of the safest security systems in the world in the area of internet banking, according to a spokesperson for the NVB. He referred to "a race against criminals" in which the banks hardly ever lose. His conclusion is that  "internet banking is safe."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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