A number of spokespeople for the Dutch Social Affairs Ministry have
been temporarily suspended from their jobs, Social Affairs Minister
Piet Hein Donner announced Tuesday.
The decision follows news reports that staff members of the social
affairs ministry's communication department allegedly hacked into the
computer system of the GPD press agency and tried to manipulate its
GPD is an independent news agency which provides news to regional
and local newspapers in the Netherlands. The two civil servants who
allegedly hacked into the GPD computer were both former GPD employees.