Thursday, September 8, 2011

Massive Hack Attack Forces Dutch Return to Paper and Pencil

The Dutch government Tuesday sought to contain a hacking scandal officials believe originated in Iran that has forced segments of the country to return to the fax and paper age.

Prosecutors said they would investigate the company that was providing digital security for DigiD, a Dutch government site that allows citizens to access a large number of services, including filing taxes, signing up for university and donating organs. The provider—U.S.-owned, Netherlands-based DigiNotar—was dismissed by the government last week as officials disclosed the hacking.

In July, DigiNotar suffered the theft of hundreds of certificate codes used to prove a website's authenticity to viewers. Armed with these codes, hackers can secure security authentication for bogus websites, from which they can steal data and personal information entered by users. more