Russian hackers gained access to Dutch police networks

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Russia-linked cyber actors breached the computer systems of the Dutch national police in 2017 when the authorities were conducting an investigation into the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 (MH-17).

Neither the national police nor the AIVD have acknowledged the breach so far, although Volkskrant said it managed to confirm the incident through multiple anonymous sources.

The Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant first reported the news last week, revealing that the breach was discovered by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service (AIVD), which alerted the police about the intrusion.

MH17 was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur on 17th July 2014, when it was shot down above the Ukraine by a surface-to-air missile. All 298 people on board, 196 of them Dutch, were killed as a result of the crash.

Russian government denied any involvement in MH17 incident, while separatists and the Ukrainian military also denied responsibility for the incident.

When MH17 was shot down, a revolt of pro-Russian militants, backed by Russia, was ongoing in eastern Ukraine.

On 5th July, 2017, the Netherlands, Malaysia, Australia, Belgium and Ukraine announced that they were setting up a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) to probe the downing of plane.

According to Volkskrant, the attack targeting Dutch police systems was traced back to September 2017, in which hackers exploited a security vulnerability to breach a server belonging to the Dutch Police Academy.

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