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Dutch web developer back-doored his own websites

13.-Hacker-1-696x464A Dutch developer accessed the accounts of over 20,000 users after he collecting their login information via backdoors installed on the websites he built.

Inspector Knacker of the Dutch Yard said that he will be on the blower to the victims about the crook’s actions.

He was arrested on 11, 2016, in Zwolle, the Netherlands, and police proceeded to raid two houses the crook owned, in Leeuwarden and Sneek [surely sneak.ed].

Police say they received the first tips regarding the crook’s actions in November 2014, when a user complained about finding purchases someone else made on his behalf.

It looked like a cyber-fraud investigation but after two years of gathering data and expanding the investigation’s scope with the addition of digital forensics experts in the spring of 2016, realised what the crook was doing.

The 35-years-old suspect was hired to build e-commerce sites for various companies. After doing his job, the developer left backdoors in those websites, which he used to install various scripts that allowed him to collect information on the site’s users.

Police say that it’s impossible to determine the full breadth of his hacking campaign, but evidence found on his laptop revealed he gained access to over 20,000 email accounts.

The hacker used his access to these accounts to read people’s private email conversations, access their social media profiles, sign-up for gambling sites and access online shopping sites to make purchases for himself using the victim’s funds.

The suspect has been in jail since his arrest, and his pre-trial proceedings started last October.


Dutch tell Apple to stop mucking about

Kenneth-WilliamDutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem told Apple to “get ready” to pay up, as he and counterparts from other EU nations lined up behind a finding that the technology giant owes billions of euros due to more than a decade of improperly low taxation.

By the time Apple gets around to paying, the bill could be 19 billion euro ($21 billion) thanks to interest. On the last day of an EU finance ministers’ meeting focused on ways to harmonise tax rules for international companies, Dijsselbloem told reporters that these “have an obligation to pay taxes in a fair way”.

International tax loopholes are a thing of the past, he said. Apple will have to pay back taxes both in the United States and Europe and needs to get ready to do that.

Apparently it is not going to be much different in the UK either. Philip Hammond, his British counterpart, said the EU was keen “to make sure that international corporations pay the right tax at the right place. “That’s the fair way to do it, and we are going to make sure it happens.”

Austrian Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling said Austrian, Italian and France tax authorities are following the case closely with the option of posting claims, and a senior OECD official attending the meeting suggested they could have right to do so.

Angel Gurria, who heads the 35-nation Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, cited the EU Commission ruling on Apple and invited other nations that might have a claim “to come forward”.

Dutch arrest encrypted network provider

holland1Inspector Knacker of the Rotterdam Yard has fingered the collar of the owner of Ennetcom, a provider of encrypted communications.

Inspector Knacker seems to think that the business is being used for organised crime and shut it down.

Rotterdam judges ordered that Danny Manupassa should be held for 14 days during an ongoing investigation. Prosecutors said he is suspected of money laundering and illegal weapons possession.

“Police and prosecutors believe that they have captured the largest encrypted network used by organized crime in the Netherlands,” prosecutors said in a statement.

Ennetcom said in a statement on its website that the company had been forced to “suspend all operations and services for the time being.”

“Ennetcom regrets this course of events and insinuations towards Ennetcom. It should be clear that Ennetcom stands for freedom of privacy,” the company said.

While Ennetcom and most of its users are in the Netherlands, the bulk of the company’s servers were in Canada. Prosecutors said information on the servers in Canada has been copied in cooperation with Toronto police.

It is not clear if police can decrypt information kept on the servers.

“The company sold modified telephones for about 1,500 euros each and used its own servers for the encrypted data traffic. The phones had been modified so that they could not be used to make calls or use the Internet.”

The phones had turned up repeatedly in investigations into drug cases, criminal motorcycle gangs, and gangland killings, prosecutors said.



Dutch coppers crack Blackberry security

holland1Blackberry’s super secure messaging system has been cracked by the cops, making it less useful.

The Netherlands Forensic Institute has confirmed a recent report that it’s capable of scooping up encrypted data from PGP-equipped BlackBerry devices.

Apparently the police are using a tool from CelleBrite.  It has been suggested that investigators are guessing the password based on a memory dump a job which normally means yanking a memory chip off the phone’s motherboard.

So basically they can’t listen in to messages at a distance and the results are not always reliable.  In fact there are small numbers which can’t be cracked and not every single PGP implementation will work. GhostPGP, for instance, claims that it’s unaffected.

However those who bought customised BlackBerry with the promise of airtight security will be somewhat miffed that there is anyway to get into the phone. After all if the Dutch coppers have it you can be sure that the Brits, Americans, Israeli’s and the Fijian’s know how to do it too,


Dutch go against Cameron’s data policy

holland1The Dutch government has told David Cameron to stick his head in a pig over his insistance that the world would be a safer place with crippled encryption and back-doors in software.

The Dutch issued a strong statement against weakening encryption for the purposes of law enforcement and intelligence agencies.

Cameron  wants to legally require companies to give them access to wide swaths of encrypted Internet traffic.

However the Dutch executive cabinet endorsed “the importance of strong encryption for Internet security to support the protection of privacy for citizens, companies, the government, and the entire Dutch economy,”

Ard van der Steur, the Dutch minister of security and justice, wrote in the statement. “Therefore, the government believes that it is currently not desirable to take legal measures against the development, availability and use of encryption within the Netherlands.”

Encryption scrambles data so that only those with the keys to unscramble it can access it. For example, Internet users use encryption whenever they access a website that has an HTTPS connection, which protects their Web traffic from interception, and Apple iOS devices and Google Android devices are encrypted by default when the user turns on the lock screen.

Last month, the Netherlands parliament committed €500,000 in funding to OpenSSL, a free set of encryption tools used widely and sponsored in part by the United States government.

“Confidence in secure communication and storage data is essential for the future growth potential of the Dutch economy, which is mainly in the digital economy,” Van der Steur wrote.

“Encryption supports respect for privacy and the secret communication of citizens by providing them a means to communicate protected data confidentially and with integrity. This is also important for the exercise of the freedom of expression. For example, it enables citizens, but also allows empowers important democratic functions like journalism by allowing confidential communication.”
Encryption is protected under privacy laws in Articles 10 and 13 in the Dutch constitution, Van der Steur argued, as well as Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Articles 7 and 8 in the European Union Charter.

Weakening encryption will also expose Internet traffic to eavesdropping by criminals, terrorists, and foreign intelligence services, Van der Steur said. That’s an argument supported by a wide variety of technologists warning against the weakening of encryption.

“The protection of these fundamental rights is applicable to the digital world,” he wrote.

If strong end-to-end encryption is banned in major Western nations, the Netherlands might be a place to pick up legal cryptography that stymie anti-encryption efforts.

Dutch Supremes ask European Court about Pirate Bay

The_Supremes_-_The_Supremes_Sing_Holland-Dozier-HollandThe Dutch Supreme Court has referred a landmark case against the file-sharing website Pirate Bay to the European Court of Justice.

It is a move that could lead to a precedent in efforts to curtail the sharing of copyrighted movies and music online.

Pirate Bay, which opened in 2003, provides links to files stored on other users’ computers. Its creators have faced legal action for copyright infringement in several countries, but the Dutch case widens its persecution.

Needless to say Big Content is jolly happy about it all. Lawyers working for the represents Dutch industry group Stichting Brein say that if they can get a ruling from the highest European Union court it will be possible to block peer-to-peer sites.

In 2010, Brein asked a Dutch court to order internet service providers XS4LL and Ziggo, which is owned by Liberty Global to block Pirate Bay.

Van Manen said it opens the way for legal action against other internet providers and “will set the standard for the entire EU”.

The Luxembourg-based court has been asked to consider two main points: whether Pirate Bay’s actions infringe European copyright laws and to what extent a court can order internet providers to block subscribers access to illegal websites.

Blackberry beats chipmaker in court

Troubled Canadian mobile phone maker Blackberry has managed to convince a jury that it did not nick three ideas belonging to Dutch semiconductor company NXP.

NXP sued BlackBerry in April 2012 claiming that versions of the BlackBerry phone and PlayBook tablet infringed patents related to the design, data transmission and other features of those devices.

Originally the case centred on six patents, but NXP later dropped its claims related to three of them. It wanted an arm and a leg for the infringement including triple damages.

The case was heard in Florida and jurors needed less than a day of deliberations before ruling in BlackBerry’s favour.

NXP said it is disappointed with the verdict and is “investigating all options for appeal”.

NXP was spun off from Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV in 2006. It is certainly not a patent troll as it makes products based on “products with no big chip in the middle”.

These are semiconductors used in a wide range of “smart” automotive, identification, wireless infrastructure, lighting, industrial, mobile, consumer and computing applications.

Google privacy violates Dutch law

Search engine Google is in hot water after a privacy watchdog saw orange and ruled that its method of bringing in personal data from its many different online services violates Dutch data protection law.

It took seven months for the Dutch Data Protection Authority, or DPA, to investigate Google and it has now asked Google to show up at a meeting to discuss its concerns.

Google said it provided users of its services with sufficiently specific information about the way it processed their personal data.

According to Reuters, Google insists that its privacy policy respects European law and allows it  to create simpler, more effective services.

The Dutch decision is part of a general concern in the EU that data should not really flow into foreign jurisdictions. Particularly after the US started insisting that any data that came close to its country could be sniffed and analysed by its spooks.

Jacob Kohnstamm, the chairman of the DPA, said that Google spins an invisible web of Dutch personal data, without consent. That is forbidden by law.

“Google does not properly inform users which personal data the company collects and combines, and for what purposes,” the DPA said in a statement. 

Anti-piracy group done for piracy

Big content has been exposed as a bunch hypocritical money-obsessed bigwigs who don’t really care about artists at all.

Five years ago Dutch musician Melchior Rietveldt created music for use in a one-off anti-piracy video which was to be shown at a film festival.

However, Big Content decided that the tune was so good it used it on dozens of commercial DVDs and just did not pay Rietveldt.

In order to get the money he was owed, Rietveldt went to local music royalty collecting agency Buma/Stemra who had been representing him since 1988.

According to TorrentFreak, Stemra sent Rietveldt an advance of 15,000 euros along with a promise to forward a list of all the other DVDs that the composer’s music had been used on.

However, it forgot to do so. That list would have amounted to at least 71 commercial DVDs and cost Big Content a pretty penny.

Stemra threw another 10,000 euros ‘advance’ at Rietveldt but by then the money involved was a lot more than that.

In 2012 Stemra arranged a settlement with BREIN legal parent of NVPI for the unpaid royalties. Under the settlement Stemra would receive 60,000 euros. However, Rietveldt had worked out that he should have been paid 164,974 euros.

In June, Stemra paid Rietveld another 31,000 euros but this week the Amsterdam District Court Stemra had been negligent in their handling of the case and collecting Rietveldt’s cash. Not only were they fined 20,000 euros, ordered to pay Rietveldt’s legal costs, they have to continue efforts to squeeze all the cash from their Big Content chums.

The case was deeply unpleasant as it showed the under-belly of the Big Content business in all its ugly, corrupt and slighty lardie ways.

Buma/Stemra board member Jochem Gerrits suggested that the composer should sign his track over to High Fashion Music, a label owned by Gerrits himself and one that would take a third of Rietveldt’s royalties for its trouble.

When TV news organization PowNews, which recorded the conversation, claimed corruption, Gerrits claimed he was speaking as director of his record company, and it is standard that a record company gets a third of the mechanical royalties.

Gerrits had to resign and initiated a defamation lawsuit against PowNews.

The government stepped in with the Dutch secretary of state Fred Teeven announcing regulations to forbid the conflict of interest that Gerrits was involved with. 

Dutch just say no to ACTA

The Dutch, who famously sorted out the UK’s Irish question by loaning their King, have told the US sock-puppets of Big Content, to sling their hook.

The Netherlands is almost certain to say “no” against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) this afternoon.

A motion by Kees Verhoeven and Afke Schaart is being looked at by the Dutch Competitiveness Council later this afternoon and will be voted on in the House.

It looks like the Kees Verhoeven’s motion will be adopted by a majority of the House which has already  slammed the controversial ACTA trade agreement.

According to the Dutch Press, it means that that the Netherlands will finally tell Big Content to “bog off”.

ACTA was intended to combat the trading of counterfeit goods. This included music, movie and software downloads that fall under copyright protection.

The treaty is going to have a rough ride in the European Parliament, but Verhoeven does not want to wait.

The motion will kill off the ACTA treaty whether the European Parliament vote for it or against.

The Dutch government has already waived putting a signature on the treaty under pressure from the House. One of the concerns is that the provisions of the treaty go against civil rights and hand too much political power to Big Content.

Verhoeven finds that the treaty’s Internet freedom and privacy of citizens and businesses are in real danger from the treaty.