The Netherlands will hack back cybercriminals in 2015

The Netherlands is going to discuss and possibily implement the “terughackwet”, this law will allow the Dutch government to hack cybercriminals. They do claim that they will use it to counter-hacks but it has happened before that they were unaware of which server they were hacking.

The Dutch police did report that they had hacked a foreign server. It happened with the responsibility of the Public Prosecutor, and after authorization by a magistrate. Because the location of the server that was hacked was then unknown.

Minister Opstelten points out that the term hacking in the Code of Criminal Procedure does not occur. He calls the intrusion of suspicious computer “required” for the detection of many types of Internet crime.

The minister promised that the bill cybercrime III ensures that the investigative authorities can grow with new technological possibilities.