the application was immediately overloaded due to the influx and cyber attack abroad
UpdateCoronacheck, through which the Dutch can access, among other things, the restaurant industry from today, has problems. Several people on social media reported that they were unable to log in for this reason. According to the Ministry of Health, this is due to the so-called DdoS attacks on the servers, which overload the system. Many people are also using the app for the first time. This makes the QR code generation difficult.
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According to a spokesperson for the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sports (VWS), DdoS (distributed denial of service) attacks, in which cybercriminals attempt to shut down websites by overloading them with internet traffic, have been taken into account in progress. “We can very well eliminate them,” said the spokeswoman. Around 10 p.m., the crowd thinned again.
The issues with the app mainly occurred with people who had not yet generated a QR code or had not used the app for a month, forcing it to reconnect to the server. If you already have a QR code, you can view it offline.
However, the issues caused grumbling among restaurant entrepreneurs, with much of them against engaging the QR code. In the Netherlands a Corona ticket is compulsory from this weekend for anyone 13 years of age or older in some places, for example in the food industry, at an event, sports competition or of a cultural spectacle.
Dirk Belgarts, Managing Director of Koninklijk Horeca Nederland (KHN), reports that there are queues in front of cafes in various parts of the country. Belgarts, speaking of a “double whammy” for the food industry, says people who want to get tested will also find it difficult to take a coronavirus test on time or near home. KHN is also skeptical of the Corona Corridor and instead wants the whole community to reopen, without restrictions.
Restaurant closed due to lack of QR code verification
In Nijmegen, in eastern Holland, things turned bad on the first day. The municipality closed a restaurant there due to the lack of verification of the Corona card. The director will go to court against this decision. The case will be heard on Sunday morning.
In addition to DDoS attacks, they are also busy, according to the ministry. “There are a lot of people right now because of people generating a QR code for the first time and people opening the app for the first time in weeks. QR codes issued are updated every 28 days, due to security regulations.
People who are having problems with the app are recommended to be patient and try again later. But this is not an option for everyone. Anyone heading to the soccer field or the cinema faces set departure times.
The spokesperson said the problems will not persist as many people are now receiving a code valid for four weeks. However, it is wiser to collect the token before you go and not wait until you are online somewhere.
In general, the first day of entering the already controversial Corona Corridor will not go without a hitch. Earlier today, comments by Foreign Minister Mona Keizer in telegraph. She publicly criticized this measure. It cost him his job. Prime Minister Mark Rutte sacked Keijzer from the government hours later.
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