Dutch govt says own websites not secure

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The Dutch government says it cannot guarantee the security of its own websites, days after the private company it uses to authenticate them admitted it was hacked.

An official also said the government was taking over the company's operations. The announcement affects millions of people who use the Netherlands' government's online services and rely on the authenticator, DigiNotar, to confirm they are visiting the correct sites.

To date, however there have been no reports of anyone's identity being stolen or security otherwise breached. Officials stopped short of telling people not to use government websites but said they should heed warnings posted on the sites or from their browsers.