Websites operated by Radio Netherlands Worldwide were paralyzed for nearly a day after an onslaught of distributed denial-of services attacks launched yesterday.
The cyber attack, which prevented tens of thousands of users from accessing RNW’s online news and feature services, demonstrates how vulnerable new media can be, said Radio Netherlands Worldwide’s Managing Director Jan Hoek.
“RNW is an international organization and free speech is of the utmost importance to us,” he said in a release on the RNW website. “Luckily, we’re still able to reach most of our worldwide audience with independent information through our 3,000 media partners.”
It is unclear who is behind the attack, which follows only days after Dutch Rabobank was hit by a similar assault.
RNW has websites in 10 languages, including Dutch, English, Spanish, Arabic and Indonesian.