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The Hague passes digital test by 45 hackers

Published: 23 November 2018Modified: 29 November 2018

Some 45 ethical hackers put the ICT systems of the Municipality of The Hague and its suppliers to the test on 22 November. This happened during the ‘Hâck Den Haag’ hacking competition in the Atrium of The Hague City Hall.

The competition was an initiative of the municipality in cooperation with cyber security company Cybersprint. The goal was to test any vulnerabilities in the digital environments. 

The ethical hackers had over 5 hours to find as many vulnerabilities as possible. The 44 men and 1 woman reported a total of 62 ‘bugs’, including 10 which had potential impact. One report was so serious that the municipality decided to shut down the corresponding system (an internal service for municipal employees). None of the hackers managed to really penetrate the network to retrieve (privacy sensitive) personal data.

Deputy Mayor Rachid Guernaoui awarded prizes in 3 categories. The big winner was the 31-year-old Peter Geissler from Zoetermeer. He won in the category ‘most sophisticated hack’ as well as in the category ‘most impactful hack’. Hack team iProteq! was the winner in the category ‘most surprising hack’.

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This was the second time The Hague and Cybersprint organised the hacking competition. The first edition took place during Cyber Security Week 2017.

Hackers working in the Atrium of City Hall (photo: Municipality of The Hague/Inge van Mill)
Hackers working in the Atrium of City Hall (photo: Municipality of The Hague/Inge van Mill)