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The Netherlands – Dutch Research Council (NWO)

Exploit: Malware
Dutch Research Council: Government Entity

Risk to Small Business: 1.913 = Severe

NWO has reported that it was the victim of a malware attack. Servers belonging to the Dutch Research Council (NWO) have been compromised, forcing the organization to make its network unavailable and suspend subsidy allocation for the foreseeable future. Impacted functions include the organization’s email service (Outlook) and online resources for two entities under NWO, the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) and the National Governing Body for Practice-oriented Research (SIA).

Individual Risk: No sensitive personal or financial information was announced as part of this incident, but the investigation is ongoing.

Customers Impacted: Unknown

How it Could Affect Your Customers’ Business: Malware can strike when you least expect it and cause a cascade effect that ripples through an entire organization, gumming up the works, with an expensive cleanup.