Dutch Government Goes Offline | Hacked
DUTCH GOVERNMENT GOES OFFLINE
by P. H. MADORE
FEBRUARY 13, 2015
Government.nl (Dutch rijksoverheid.nl) and numerous other official Dutch government websites were offline Tuesday thanks to a massive, sustained, 10-hour distributed denial of service attack. The source of the attacks remains undisclosed and the specifics of the attack have been vague thus far.
What We Know
The attack began around 0900GMT and lasted well into the evening. It made all official government websites all but inaccessible but did not stop there. Popular satire portal GeenStijl.nl as well as major telecommunications service Telford were also under siege during the same time. Their wounds could be attributed to residing on the same servers by contracting with Prohosting.
The government has back-up servers, but it turns out the complexity and number of Dutch governmental sites have grown so much since their installation that now the back-up servers aren’t capable of doing their job. This fact led members of parliament to outraged demands that measures be taken to withstand such attacks in the future.