And he has used it for a period of nine months. Moreover, the ID card was very obviously fake. He created the non-existent ID at the 28c Chaos Communication Congress hacker conference in Germany in 2011 and has recorded his efforts to use the card when trying to gain access to various organizations.
Brenno de Winter was able to gain access to:
- The European Parliament
- 4 Dutch Ministries among which the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of the Interior
- The Dutch Secret Service
- The Dutch Telecom Regulator OPTA
- The Dutch National Cyber Security Center
- The Royal Palace
- The Dutch National Police
- The Police Department of The Hague and Brabant Zuid-Oost
He was also able to access a voting booth during the latest elections in the Netherlands, have packages being sent off at the post office, book rooms at hotels, use it for public transport services and buy SIM cards (multiple times) at Vodafone and T-Mobile stores.
Government officials and experts in ID documents are amazed at this situation. Especially since the ID card is clearly fake: the ‘Lichtbildausweis’ (German word for ID card that contains a photo) contained ridiculous texts like Bigwobber (referring to De Winter’s practice of making FOIA requests) and was lacking any marks of authenticity as the card had been created by a card printer.
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