Loek Essers

Amsterdam Correspondent

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open source, and online payment issues for the IDG News Service.

German parliament may need to replace all software and hardware after hack

Files encrypted by CoinVault ransomware? New free tool may decrypt them

Files encrypted by CoinVault ransomware? New free tool may decrypt them

Dutch police obtained CoinVault decryption keys and shared them with the world

Hacked French broadcaster's passwords revealed in TV broadcast

Hacked French broadcaster's passwords revealed in TV broadcast

Login credentials for the hacked station's social media accounts were apparently broadcast on national TV news

Opera buys VPN service to help protect user privacy

Opera buys VPN service to help protect user privacy

Acquiring SurfEasy will help protect the privacy of Opera's 350 million users, the company said

DDoS-attack takes Dutch government sites offline for 10 hours

DDoS-attack takes Dutch government sites offline for 10 hours

Other sites go down during attack, which used a mix of attack vectors

US and UK to step up cyber defense efforts

US and UK to step up cyber defense efforts

More collaboration is needed to meet online threats, the UK's prime minister said

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Microsoft files suit against alleged tech support scammers

Over one-third of U.S. citizens contacted by scammers fall for the scam, according to Microsoft

Feds' bid to seize Irish emails threatens US citizen's privacy, Microsoft says

Feds' bid to seize Irish emails threatens US citizen's privacy, Microsoft says

The US government would not allow another country to seize data stored on US soil in the same way, Microsoft said in a court filing

French crime database breaches privacy rights, EU court rules

French crime database breaches privacy rights, EU court rules

The human rights court objects to storing data for 20 years in a criminal database when charges were dropped

PlayStation network back online after DDoS attack

Sony saw no evidence of any unauthorized access to users’ personal information

Privacy groups call for action to stop Facebook's off site user tracking plans

Authorities should act immediately to stop this new vast expansion of Facebook's data collection and user profiling, privacy groups said

Dutch spy agencies can receive NSA data, court rules

Because raw data is shared in bulk, less stringent privacy safeguards apply, the court said

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