The AIVD intelligence department discovered a major Russian hacking of police IT systems in 2017, and wrote People Based on four anonymous sources. According to the report, the hacker organization Cozy Bear, which is linked to the Russian security service SVR, has hacked into these systems through the servers of the police academy.
The hacker was only noticed by the police after AIVD reported it. The newspaper wrote that there was a “serious panic” because the security of the police system appeared to be poor. It was also because the police were busy with the criminal investigation of MH17.Started yesterday in Schiphol’s court Substantive treatment Trial of the four suspects (three Russians and one Ukrainian) involved in shooting down the plane.
Insiders told de Volkskrant that it is not yet clear if and what data has been stolen. This is because the police network is very large and complex, and they decided to get the Russians out of the system as soon as possible. “There are many question marks,” a source told the newspaper. “How long have they been in? Is this their first time? Have they already stolen the data? It’s unclear.”
Neither the police nor AIVD wanted to answer questions about the hacking of de Volkskrant.