Dutch telecom company apologizes for security breach

Dutch telecom company apologizes for security breach

KPN, a Dutch telecom company, has apologized to 2 million users who had their email accounts taken down after an attempt to secure its systems. While the initial hack happened in January, according to ComputerWorld, the company was forced to take down these accounts after the information was posted online. Better care of SSL certificates may be needed in the future.

"For you and 2 million other KPN clients it was very difficult and unwelcome. For this we would like to apologize," KPN said in newspaper ads reported by Reuters. "We would like to apologize 2 million times."

KPN managing director Joost Farwerck said the company is going to implement "a number of changes in the management of our IT organization" in an effort to increase the quality and effectiveness of security. He said there has shown to be a definite necessity for this in the recent weeks.

In November, KPN had problems with their server used to purchase SSL certificates and had to change security measures. The company and other businesses must figure out ways to better secure SSL certificates and the information they are encrypting for the customers' sake.