Security of Dutch government websites in jeopardy

3rd September 2011, Comments 3 comments

The Dutch Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner has given a press conference in the early hours of Saturday morning after an internet security firm appears to have been hacked by Iranian hackers.

The Dutch internet solicitors' firm Diginotar supplies certification for secure sites which guarantee their reliability. However, Iranian hackers have reportedly managed to surpass the certification system so that the Iranian authorities can read gmail and google messages of people in Iran.

According to a computer expert on Dutch public broadcaster NOS, the government can no longer guarantee the security of its websites. This means, for instance, that the internet identification site DigID is no longer reliable, which citizens use for various government services.

Government sites have not been shut down, but visitors to the sites will be warned that the sites are not secure.

Diginotar has been reportedly aware of the problem since 19 June, but did not report it to the authorities. The Dutch authorities were informed by an Iranian source.

The minister has announced measures to hand over control of internet security to a different firm, which may take a few days, according to the minister. 

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

3 Comments To This Article

  • huis werk posted:

    on 5th September 2011, 08:08:25 - Reply

    I will say that is one good word of wisdom. Those who are engaged in business and other works related to web and internet have the passion and courage on their career. It is good to have the best of everything for you when you work.
  • thuis werk posted:

    on 5th September 2011, 08:05:58 - Reply

    I do hope so that the problem of the Dutch government about their website will fix as soon as possible. i know that this kind of problem is not easy to solved.
    thuis werk
  • shahislam posted:

    on 3rd September 2011, 13:44:52 - Reply

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