The servers of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) have been hacked. As a result, the network of the organization cannot be used for the time being, the NWO reports on its website, which still works. Due to the hack, the processing of applications for research grants has been halted.
“None of the applications running on the NWO network is currently accessible”, the organization said. As a result, e-mail addresses and office software of the NWO are no longer accessible.
The NWO does, however, state that the application used to process grant applications has probably not been affected by the hack, because it runs on a different server. Yet that server is completely closed to users to be sure.
It is unclear when the systems will be available again. “At the moment everything is focused on solving the current problem as soon as possible,” the statement read. “In the coming weeks, NWO will consider how and when the grant process can be restarted.”
The organization will not make any further statements about how the hack came about and about the further resolution of the matter. More information about the subsidy process will be posted on the website as soon as possible.
The NWO was founded to stimulate Dutch scientists. The organization allocates nearly 1 billion euros in funding for researchers every year. The organization awards the Spinoza Prize and the Stevin Prize each year, the ‘Dutch Nobel Prizes’.
Source: NU by www.nu.nl.
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