November 20, 2020

Dutch tech journalist crashes secret European meeting

Filed under: Technology by Orangemaster @ 7:26 pm

Dutch tech journalist and author Daniël Verlaan, who recently hacked the lights on Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge, has now crashed an online secret meeting of the European Ministers of Defence.

Verlaan popped in and people started laughing. The President of the Council, Spain’s Josep Borrell Fontelles, said “Somebody has gone into the system! Who are you?” The President made a crack to the meeting participants about ‘having to invest in secrecy’, which is spot on. Verlaan said hello, identified himself as a Dutch journalist, said sorry, and quickly left.

Before he left, he was told “You know that you have been jumping into a secret conference?” (sic) […] It’s a criminal offence!” said Fontelles.

How did Verlaan do it? Dutch Minister of Defence Ank Bijleveld had posted a picture on Twitter where five digits out of the six digits of the meeting login code was visible, and the last one was found ‘in just a few tries’. Apparently, there wasn’t any additional security, either.

The meeting was then stopped because it was no longer confidential. Cue a good rant about online security.


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May 7, 2009

Don’t DIY Days

Filed under: General by Branko Collin @ 8:41 am

Work a day for free, and reap the fruits of other creative professionals doing the same for you. That, in a nutshell, is the big idea behind the Doe Het Niet Zelf Days (Don’t DIY Days). These events can be themed—the Don’t DIY Week of last October was all about making animations—or have a more general purpose such as the most recent day last April which was for “creative entrepreneurs.” Creative Cities Amsterdam Area organizes these days—they will take registrations for the next event using online forms that prospective participants can use to explain what they have got to offer, and what they need.

The closest thing this reminds me of are BarCamps, volunteer conferences, though those tend to focus more on talks, where at the end of a Don’t DIY Day you end up with actual product.

The most recent Don’t DIY Day was in Hilversum—no new event seems planned at the mo.

(Photo of Pakhuis de Zwijger, hub for many “new media” events and iniatives in Amsterdam, by bMA, may be used under condition that the source is mentioned. Link: Bright.)

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