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New Linux Malware Hits Record High, Rising by 50% in 2022
The first quarter of 2022 revealed an alarming surge in Linux malware samples, with 854,690 distinct instances detected. Fortunately, the second quarter saw a decrease from this figure to 833,065 – a 3% reduction from initial figures.
In the third quarter of 2022, Linux malware saw a remarkable decrease; its numbers fell by an astonishing 91% to 75,841. However, this trend didn’t last into 2022 as there was a resurgence in malicious activity with the fourth quarter seeing 117% growth reaching 164,697.
Linux malware reached new heights in 2022, but the total number of new malware developments decreased. In 2021, 121.6 million samples were detected, but that number dropped to 73.7 million in 2022—a decrease of 39%.