COFFEE AND DANISH HELL: National ID system cockup forces insecure Java on Danes

A bungled IT upgrade has downed Denmark’s universal NemID login system, forcing people to stay on an insecure version of Java if they want to carry out online banking, check their insurance, or retrieve tax return information.

Problems with NemID were first reported on Tuesday, and on Thursday the NATS IT consultancy behind the system said Danes wouldn’t be able to use both the latest patched version of Java and NemID until Friday.

NemID is a single login for services from private banking and email to insurance services, local council services. It consists of a user ID, a password, and a code card that generates a one-time key.

SOURCE: theregister.co.uk

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