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Russian hackers use Twitter to mask sneaky data theft

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    A group of suspected Russian hackers are using Twitter in a clever way to mask their data-stealing malware, according to computer security firm FireEye.

    Hackers have long used social networking services for relaying commands to their malware. But FireEye says this group—which it calls APT 29—has taken it to a new level that makes it very hard for companies to figure out if they’ve been hacked.

    FireEye analysts found the malware, nicknamed Hammertoss, on one of its client’s networks earlier this year. APT 29 has taken several steps to try to mask its communication with Hammertoss to avoid detection, according to a new report.

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