Details of a phishing attack concealed in Google Cloud Services point to a fast-growing trend that has hackers disguising malicious activities in cloud service providers.

In a report released today, researchers at Check Point unravel, step-by-step, how even security-savvy professionals could be tricked by a well-disguised ruse, which kicked off with a PDF document containing a malicious link and uploaded to Google Drive. While Google ultimately suspended this particular hacker project and its URL as phishing abuse (as well as all associated URLs), it’s unclear how much damage might have been inflicted before being discovered.

This latest discovery sheds light onto hackers’ new techniques deployed in their arsenal, and how they’ve evolved from directly hosting phishing pages on malicious websites in 2018, followed later by the hijacking of Google Cloud Storage and Azure Storage to hold their malware-laden payloads.

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