FILE PHOTO: KPN logo is seen at the head office in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on January 30, 2019. REUTERS/Piroschka van de Wouw/File Photo
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – A nationwide telecommunications blackout, in the Netherlands, beating the police, and the emergency numbers to be offline for approximately four hours, on Monday, the national air carrier Royal KPN NV, said the service had been restored.
The cause of the outage remained unclear, but the company has said that it is not a result of a breach of security.
“We have no reason to think that it was a hack, and we want to keep our systems 24/7,” a TELECOM spokeswoman said.
Anna Posthumus, a spokeswoman for the National co-Ordinator for Security and counter-terrorism, said that “it is too early to say whether or not there may have been a cyber attack.
The outage was the largest in the memory of the Netherlands is a country of 17 million, which prides itself on the technical competence of the telecoms infrastructure.
It is on the network of KPN, but it may also affect other telecommunications providers, and with the help of our infrastructure, the backbone.
Emergency contact numbers all went down, and calls on the government to advise people to go to the hospital yourself.”
People with emergencies had to order them on Twitter, and go directly to the hospitals, the fire brigade or the local police.
The military police, which guards the international border, either temporarily increase its presence in the major military sites, and airports.
Reporting by Toby Sterling and Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Jan Harvey and David Evans and Deepa Babington