April 6, 2018 - Written By Dominik Bosnjak Qualcomm on Friday once again extended the deadline for the completion of its proposed merger of NXP Semiconductors valued at approximately $44 billion, with the firm pushing it back for a week and setting the new completion date to April 13. The Dutch firm’s stock is still declining and has been following that trend since late February when Qualcomm beefed up its offer while it was still fighting off a hostile takeover attempt on the part of Broadcom. Around 16.1-percent of all outstanding NXP shares have been tendered as of yesterday, whereas 14.8-percent of them were considered as such last week, before the announcement of Qualcomm’s previous extension. NXP was trading at just over $114 as of Friday noon PST, whereas Qualcomm’s bid stands at $127.50 per share, representing a double-digit return for NXP’s investors.Neither NXP nor Qualcomm signaled any intention to walk away from the deal whose fate is … [Read more...] about Qualcomm Extends NXP Offer, Dutch Firm’s Stock Still Falling
Video: Firm finds kill switch after massive memcached DDoS attacksA team of cybersecurity researchers has come up with a proposal to help the Netherlands ward off the threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.Their concept is to create a "national DDoS radar system" that could, in extreme cases, see Dutch networks disconnected from the outside world.The Netherlands was earlier this year hit by a wave of DDoS attacks that took out banks such as ABN Amro and ING Bank, along with the Dutch Taxation Authority. Although some initially pointed to the Russians as the culprits, police ended up arresting a local 18-year-old.The attacks alarmed researchers working at or associated with the University of Twente. "We were starting to worry about DDoS attacks and their scale, and then the attacks happened on the banks in the Netherlands," Jeroen van der Ham, a guest researcher at the university, told ZDNet. "They had a very big effect and that worried us. We were so surprised as … [Read more...] about Can this ‘national DDoS radar’ plan help fight off attacks on Dutch critical systems?
A Dutchman has been arrested in Spain in connection with last month's unprecedented cyberattack that reportedly slowed down the Internet, the Dutch prosecution service said. The 35 year old identified only as S.K. was arrested in Barcelona and the house where he was staying searched by Spanish police, said a statement. "He is suspected of involvement in the attack and so the prosecution service asked for his arrest," spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP on Saturday. Last month's attack targeted Spamhaus, a Geneva-based volunteer group that publishes spam blacklists used by networks to filter out unwanted email, and led to cyberspace congestion. Spamhaus blamed the attack on Dutch web-hosting service Cyberbunker. A source close to the investigation said that suspect S.K. was Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who acted as a spokesman for Cyberbunker at the time of the attack. Kamphuis describes himself on his Facebook page as Minister of Telecommunications and … [Read more...] about Dutch cyberattack suspect held in Spain
Oh, sweet irony: the Dutch Data Protection Authority – where registered companies are required to report breaches in data – has accidentally leaked the names of some of its employees in over 800 public documents, local outlet NU.nl reports. The discovery comes from Dutch cybersecurity firm NFIR. Pauline Gras from the Dutch Data Protection Authority has since responded to the report, telling NU.nl that it is not their policy to reveal employee names. Indeed, this is why the agency never discloses the authors of research, legal advice and reports conducted by its team. Unfortunately though, the Data Protection Authority failed to properly remove this information from the files’ metadata. “That information was publicly accessible and therefore available to everyone,” added NFIR representative Mischa van Geleen. Employee names appeared in nearly 800 separate documents published by the Dutch Data Protection Authority. Gras claims the agency has since taken … [Read more...] about Dutch Data Protection Authority accidentally leaked its employees’ data
Sometimes you don't need to follow a rainbow, but rather a drain pipe, to find a pot o' gold. That's what happened for utility workers in the Netherlands, who stumbled across a centuries-old pot of gold earlier this month while laying down new pipes, according to news reports. The remarkable find includes 500 coins — 12 of them gold and the rest silver — dating to the 15th century, which were nestled inside of a glazed, earthenware cooking pot, according to the NL Times. Employees of Oasen, a drinking-water company, discovered the treasure on March 1, when they were laying down pipes in Hoef en Haag, a new town in the central province of Utrecht. As soon as they found the coins, the workers called Utrecht's archeological hotline, which sent archaeologists to inspect the area and gather the artifacts. [Top 10 Rare U.S. Coins] The prize pot also contained textiles, which may have once served as moneybags of sorts to hold the coins, Peter de Boer, an archaeologist at … [Read more...] about Real-Life Pot o’ Gold Discovered During Dutch Construction Project