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NATO Information Stolen During Cyber Attack on Portugal’s Armed Forces

The Portuguese government’s department of defence (DoD) has reportedly been the subject of a ‘significant’ data breach involving the theft of NATO documents.

According to local media, “hundreds” of documents sent to Portugal’s officials by NATO have been found for sale on the deep web and the General Staff of the Armed Forces (EMGFA), the department that was attacked, only found out after US intelligence informed them of their discovery.

The US made direct contact to Portugal’s prime minister António Costa in August, informing him of the NATO documents it found for sale online, according to Diário de Notícias (DN) which first reported the story.

“We do not discuss alleged leaks of classified information,” said a NATO official to IT Pro. “Portugal is a valued NATO ally, which makes important contributions to our shared security.”