Many Dutch companies do not have their IT in order, which means that 100,000 computers are susceptible to data leaks. ICT experts say this in a video that YouTuber Sven van der Meulen posted on YouTube on Friday. Due to a security issue in Windows computers, "the average IT student in MBO" can break into the computers.
Van der Meulen conducted the investigation in collaboration with cyber security company Dyna-Tech. An IT expert from that company tells us in the video that an error in the Windows operating system was discovered months ago. An error that, according to the experts, is easy to correct, were it not for the fact that many companies in the ICT field "have their affairs in order".
In addition, the vulnerabilities of the computers can be found publicly on the internet. "Every attic hacker has been able to easily access these computers for months, with all its consequences," says another cyber security company, Fox-IT, in the video.
To show how bad the security of companies is, the YouTuber went to visit a library, where he instructed a hacker to enter the system in a "playful way". The hacker printed the logo of Van der Meuken's YouTube channel Vrije Vogels from the system via a printer from the library.
He also contacted an abortion clinic that did not have the security of the system in order. The two companies have now secured their system better.
"Companies do not update their software often enough"
According to the experts, 100,000 computers still remain, allowing hackers easy access to all data in the system, including personal data. This also includes computers from hospitals and abortion clinics.
IT specialist Joost Pol explains in the video that the problem is often that companies do not update their software. "One of the most basic things to keep the computer safe, updating the software, still doesn't happen often enough."
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