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Threat actors are increasingly making use of GitHub for malicious purposes through novel methods, including abusing secret Gists and issuing malicious commands via git commit messages.

“Malware authors occasionally place their samples in services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, and Discord to host second stage malware and sidestep detection tools,” ReversingLabs researcher Karlo Zanki said in a report shared with The Hacker News.

“But lately, we have observed the increasing use of the GitHub open-source development platform for hosting malware.”

Legitimate public services are known to be used by threat actors for hosting malware and acting as dead drop resolvers to fetch the actual command-and-control (C2) address.

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