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The municipality of The Hague passed digital test by 45 hackers

by Cybersprint News Nov 22, 2018

Den Haag, 22 November 2018 – No less than 45 ethical hackers have put the ICT-systems of the municipality of The Hague to the test in today’s hacking competition. Next to a part of their own infrastructure, digital environments of the city’s suppliers were included in the scope as well. The hackers real-life tested the environments in search of any vulnerabilities in the competition named ‘Hâck Den Haag’; a cooperation between the municipality and the cyber security organisation Cybersprint.

Many of the Netherlands’ best-known hackers sat down in the Atrium of City Hall. They reported several findings, or ‘bugs’. The municipality could mitigate some of them right away. None of the contestants managed to really penetrate the network, or the suppliers.

“Of course we’re pleased with that result,” said City Hall Member Rachid Guernaoui, who is responsible for the ICT and municipality’s organisation. “Our digital systems are actively being monitored for vulnerabilities around the clock, so there is no reason to doubt the security. Yet, it is a good thing to assess ourselves every once in a while. Any organisation has their digital challenges, including the municipality of Den Haag. By working together with qualified companies and talented ethical hackers, we aim to secure our ICT-systems better still.

Cooperating with hackers

City Hall was transformed into a true ‘hackers dome’ today. The hackers had over 5 hours to find as many vulnerabilities as possible. Before starting they declared to abide by the terms and conditions of the competition: to report any found vulnerabilities and not share them externally.

City Council Member Guernaoui awarded the prizes in three categories. The jury panel had a hard time choosing the winners. The winner in the category ‘most sophisticated hack’ was Peter Geissler. He also won the first prize in the category ‘most impactful hack’, and team iProteq was the winner in the category ‘most surprising hack’.

Digital security

This was the second time the municipality and Cybersprint organised the hacking competition. “We are proud to have hosted so many talented hackers again,” said Pieter Jansen, CEO of Cybersprint. “The goal of the competition has been achieved. The municipality can now use these insights to reinforce their digital security.”


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