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    The Dutch Safety Board (DSB) which has been conducting a probe into the MH17 crash, was indeed attacked by hackers, but no information about their identities was immediately available, DSB spokesman confirmed to RIA Novosti on Friday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, Dutch media reported that a group of cyber spies tried to hack into the Dutch Safety Board website. The news was quickly picked up by other Western media. According to some reports, the hackers, whose attack was not successful, might have been of Russian origin.

    "The Dutch Safety Board can confirm that we have detected attempts to hack. We can not say who was responsible for the attempt. We have no evidence that the attempt was successful," Wim van der Weegen said.

    In July 2014, Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed in the eastern Ukrainian region of Donetsk en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, killing all 298 people on board.

    Last week, the Dutch Safety Board revealed its final report on the crash, claiming that the plane crashed as a result of a ground-to-air missile explosion near its left side.

    According to the DSB report, the plane was shot down using a Russia-produced Buk surface-to-air missile system. The organization said an additional forensic investigation is needed to establish the exact launch location of the missile.

    Almaz-Antey, the Russian arms manufacturer that builds Buk missile systems, conducted a separate probe into the crash, which found that the missile that hit the plane could only have been launched by a Buk system located in the region of Zaroshchenske, controlled by Kiev forces at the time of the incident.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry said last week that it was planning to propose the resumption of the board's investigation with Russian participation.

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