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Germany: 'Russian special services could have tried to steal report stating passenger aircraft was downed by Russia-made weapon'
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Governmental agency says Russia committed cyber-attack to steal report on MH17 investigation.

German federal service of protection of Constitution released the report saying that Russia’s special services regularly land cyber-attacks trying to steal the data from their Western counterparts.

Most remarkably, one of the attacks took place last autumn. That was shortly before the release of the report, in which the Dutch Security Council said it was the Russian-made missile launcher Buk that downed the Boeing 777 of Malaysian Airlines in July 2014. The Russian side seems to have tried stealing the report. The German federal service of protection of Constitution never specified whether the attack was successful.

Previously, the Netherlands released the report on investigation of the MH7 downing. The first results of the investigation regarding the weapon involved in the accident will be released in autumn this year.

Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled international passenger flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that was shot down on 17 July 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. Contact with the Boeing 777-200ER airliner was lost about 50 km (31 mi) from the Ukraine–Russia border and crashed near Torez in Donetsk region, Ukraine, 40 km (25 mi) from the border. The crash occurred during the Battle in Shakhtarsk Raion, part of the ongoing war in Donbass, in an area controlled by the Donbass People's Militia.

According to American intelligence sources, the plane was mistakenly shot down by pro-Russian insurgents using a Buk surface-to-air missile fired from the territory which they controlled.

On 13 October 2015, the Dutch Safety Board released a final report on their investigation into the incident, concluding that the airliner was downed by a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air 9M38-series missile with 9N314M warhead launched from Eastern Ukraine.

The Russian government blamed the Ukrainian government for the incident, saying that Ukraine was responsible for the crash because it happened in Ukrainian airspace.

The Ukrainian government stated that the missile was launched by 'Russian professionals and coordinated from Russia'.

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