How hackers used Google in stealing corporate data

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A group of innovative hackers used free services from Google and an Internet infrastructure company to disguise data stolen from corporate and government computers, a security firm reported.

FireEye discovered the campaign, dubbed Poisoned Hurricane, in March while analyzing traffic originating from systems infected with a remote access tool (RAT) the firm called Kaba, a variant of the better known PlugX.

The compromised computers were discovered in multiple U.S. and Asian Internet infrastructure service providers, a financial institution and an Asian government organization. FireEye did not disclose the name of the victims. The unidentified hackers had used spear-phishing attacks to compromise the systems and then used the malware to steal sensitive information and send it to remote servers, FireEye said.