Dutch civil servants 'hacked into newsroom computers'

Four Dutch government officials, accused of hacking into a newsroom’s computer system to see what was being written about them, are to face trial later this month.

According to the Times, staff at news agency GPD only realised something was wrong when a government spokesman phoned to complain about a story which had not yet been published.

The case centres on two former GPD employees, one of whose passwords was not cancelled when he left.

When the alleged hacking story first surfaced last November, technology news site The Register said GPD itself was partly to blame for having what appeared to be a lax attitude to network security

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