Dutch police asks tips about missing expert ICT security




The police have published a page about the loss of Arjen Kamphuis, a Dutch specialist in the field of ICT security. Kamphuis was on holiday in Norway, but should have returned two weeks ago.

Arjen Kamphuis According to information from the Dutch police, 46-year-old Kamphuis left for Norway on 8 August and would stay away until 22 August. He would go hiking there and had bought a kayak in the Netherlands for the fjords of Norway. When he had not yet reported on August 29, his employer reported him missing. According to the police, his phone was turned on for 30 minutes in the vicinity of the Norwegian town of Vikesa on 30 August, after which the SIM card was replaced by a German SIM card.

On 20 August, Kamphuis is still seen in a hotel in the Norwegian town of Bodø. Last Sunday the police started a search in that city and since Tuesday the national criminal investigation unit Kripos has been involved in the disappearance . Since then a witness has reported that claims to have seen Kamphuis on 3 September in Denmark. Heart of the Netherlands reports that the Norwegian police also found a tent with stuff in the region where Kamphuis could be located. That tent would have been there for three weeks.

According to Ancilla van der Leest, a friend of Kamphuis, there were no indications that the ICT security expert wanted to disappear and he had many plans for after his return. Until 2010, Kamphuis was a consultant for governments in the field of IT strategy, open source software and open standards, for example in the context of the Netherlands Open in Connection program. In 2002, for example, he was the co-initiator of the Motief Vendrik to request the government to become less dependent on major software suppliers such as Microsoft. In addition, he advised to enter voting computers for consideration, which he is critical of.

Kamphuis is a well-known name in the hacker world and among other things involved in advising WikiLeaks. He also became well-known with his book ‘ Information Security for Journalists ‘, written with Silkie Carlo, and he gave many lectures, including at the beginning of this year, during TEDx Delft .


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