THE HAGUE - In a vital part of the Dutch energy supply, an attack with ransomware was launched in early March 2017. That reported the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) on Wednesday. In the first three months of this year, two government agencies have also been victims of hostage software. In total, 116 cyber incidents were reported to the NCSC during the first three months.
The NCSC is the place where parts of the government, such as ministries, but also the Rijkswaterstaat, Schiphol and the port of Rotterdam, have to report if there has been a cyber attack. Energy companies, banks, nuclear and chemical companies must also report cyber incidents, as they are vital components of the Dutch infrastructure. The NCSC can not say which companies have become victims.
Companies in the energy sector, such as network administrators Liander, Stedin and Alliander, according to the NCSC, are the most vital infrastructure in the Netherlands. 'Without electricity, internet access, drinking water or payment traffic, society is flat,' says the National Coordinator for Terrorism and Security, including the NCSC, on his website. 'If this infrastructure fails, that can cause large-scale social disruption. ''