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Document-Based Malware on the Rise in 2019

New research by Barracuda Networks shows that cybercriminals are increasingly distributing malware in the form of malicious documents. In the first quarter of this year, malicious documents made up a whopping 59% of all malicious files detected by the firm. This was only 41% for Q1 of last year, while the average number over the last 12 months is 48%.

According to the researchers, the rise of document-based malware is related to a decline in the use of malicious script files. Document-based malware is increasingly popular because victims are less likely to become suspicious when receiving a familiar filetype like a Microsoft Word or PDF document, than is true for script files. All of the detected malicious documents were used in phishing attacks.

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