In a report by the Dutch newspaper the Volkskrant, newly discovered information shows that in 2017 a vulnerability in an unknown third-party software was exploited on a Police Academy system, allowing attackers to pivot to the central police network. At the time, the Dutch Police were investigating the downing of MH-17, the Malaysian Airlines passenger plane that went missing mid-flight. The Dutch intelligence service, AIVD, had noticed communication between Police systems and known malicious servers operated by Russian state-sponsored threat actors. The Record notes that “a recent AIVD report claimed that Russia ran influence operations in 2020, trying to discredit the findings of its MH-17 investigation” and is seemingly attributed to the attack against the police systems.
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