Cyber attack takes down Dutch government sites

A cyber-attack took down most of the Dutch government’s websites on Tuesday, it has been confirmed.

The attack, which also took down some private sites, highlighted the vulnerability of public infrastructure.

It came as the US beefed up its defences, and followed warnings that sites belonging to the French authorities had been targeted.

Dutch MPs demanded that the government ensures state sites were capable of withstanding similar attacks in future.

In a statement, the Dutch government confirmed that it had been the victim of a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), in which servers are flooded with traffic, causing the sites to fail to load.

…Dave Larson, of Corero Network Security, said: “As enterprises increasingly rely on hosted critical infrastructure or services, they are placing themselves at even greater risk from these devastating cyber-threats – even as an indirect target.”

He added that DDoS attacks were “increasingly being used as a smokescreen to hide even more malicious activity on the network”.