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Security of the municipality of The Hague examined by more than 200 hackers

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‘125 reports have been submitted. The vulnerabilities found included; insecure access to accounts, outdated software, the possibility of injecting malicious code into a website and an account that could be completely taken over,” the municipality said.

Ethical Hackers

Saskia Bruines, alderman for Economy, International and Services at the municipality of The Hague: ‘As a municipality, we stand for well-protected ICT systems. And of course we like to keep it that way. That is why the municipality allows itself to be hacked every year by this community of ethical hackers. That is quite exciting, but it provides a lot of insights. They help the organization by showing the vulnerabilities of the systems and then think along with solutions. There is a lot of knowledge in this, which is apparent every year during Hâck The Hague’.

Vulnerabilities found

Several vulnerabilities have been found in the categories Most Creative Hack, Most Advanced Hack, Most Impactful Hack and The Hackademic Award. Jeroen Schipper, CISO at the Municipality of The Hague: ‘We are pleased with the findings and are already working to resolve them. Some points have already been resolved on the day itself by our team or the relevant supplier.’

Huge international turnout

This year, 206 hackers participated, of which 12 were female hackers. Of the total, 152 were professional hackers and 54 student hackers. There was also a large international turnout. Hackers from 22 countries participated; Algeria, Bangladesh, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kenya, Moldova, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Ukraine, England, United States.

Hack The Hague

All organisations, including municipalities, are exposed to digital risks of cybercrime on a daily basis. The theme continues to develop in municipalities. In the physical world it is clear where the powers of a municipality lie. This is still pioneering in the digital world. Hâck The Hague provides a fresh look at municipal ICT from the outside. But it delivers more than that. With the competition, the municipality also wants to enthuse students for a career in cybersecurity. This is desperately needed, because the demand for cybersecurity specialists will only increase in the coming years.

Online event

This year, Hâck The Hague took place completely digitally due to the corona pandemic. Last edition, there were still 79 hackers with their laptops in the Atrium of the City Hall, which was of course an impressive spectacle. A lot more hackers took part this year (200 participants) and there was also a lot of enthusiasm internationally. We don’t know yet what the event will look like next year, but we hope to be able to organize another physical event. Do you want to know how you can increase the digital resilience of your organization and possibly even set up a hacking event? Then register here for our e-guide.

cyber sprint

Hâck The Hague was organized in collaboration with Cybersprint. This cyber security company from The Hague offers insight into the digital attack surface of organizations. The Attack Surface Management solution automatically and continuously maps the digital assets from a hacker’s perspective and detects risks. These insights give organizations control over their attack surface and the ability to mitigate vulnerabilities.

Security of the municipality of The Hague examined by more than 200 hackers
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