The number of instances of serious cyber crime in the Netherlands has reached 170 so far this year, compared to last year’s 150 incidents, according to a Dutch newspaper.
Elly van den Heuvel, head of the Dutch government’s emergency response team GOVCERT.NL, told Financieele Dagblad, “We are under increasing pressure because cyber crime is growing and getting more complicated.”
Last month, hackers stole the personal information of 170,000 individuals who had applied online for a public-transport smart cards. Earlier this year, patient details were stolen from two hospital IT systems.
Bank and credit-card details, login names and passwords are valuable to cyber criminals, van den Heuvel said. Computer owners should be better aware of digital hygiene and regularly change passwords and anti-virus programs, she said.