Over the last year and a half, attackers compromised more than 40,000 credentials for various global government websites and portals, using a combination of spyware tools and phishing tactics.

Portals hosts in more than 30 countries were affected by the campaign, with the majority of victimized users located in Italy (52 percent), Portugal (22 percent) and Saudi Arabia (five percent).

Threat intelligence researchers at the Moscow-based firm Group-IB discovered the affected credentials and believe they could have been sold on dark web forums or leveraged in attacks designed to steal money or sensitive data.

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