Hackers Exploited Google’s Hosting Service to Steal Money

Google’s web hosting service is apparently being used by hackers to try to steal money using a malicious program, reported security company Websense. According to security company, a Trojan horse virus program is being hosted on a website with the same IP address as the main Google Pages website.

Trojan horse virus present itself as a legitimate program but conceal malicious code inside. It can be engineered to steal information from computers and are frequently spread by unsolicited e-mails or via instant messaging (IM) links. Users are asked to open different type of attachment files or to click on the links to launch the Trojan.

The Google hosted Trojan has been noticed before anyone managed to launch an attack. Websense has not yet detected e-mails or instant messages containing links leading back to the Trojan. The Trojan virus is known as a “keylogger” for its ability to record keystrokes. It is programmed to memorize when a user of an ineffected computer visits a bank site and then to activate the keystroke recording function, says Websense officials.

Google officials did not release information on this case. The Search Engine provide free hosting service and WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), a webpage editor that doesn’t require knowledge on HTML.

About the Author

Dimitar A.
Dimitar is founder of the global Cloud & Infrastructure Hosting provider HostColor.com & European Cloud IaaS company RAX. He has two Decades-long experience in the web hosting industry and in building and managing Cloud computing infrastructure and IT ecosystems. Dimitar is also political scientist who has published books "The New American State" and "The New Polity". "The New American State" is one of the best current political books. It is focused on the change of the American political process. It offers a perspective on how the fourth industrial revolution, also called the Digital Revolution and Industry 4.0, marks the beginning of an era of deterritorialization.

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