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Linux systems are a popular delivery mechanism for malware. While they’re not the most popular – that distinction goes to HTML and Javascript – don’t think you can ignore them. Linux-based attacks are very much still happening.

When bad actors identify a vulnerability they can exploit, their next move is typically to spread malware to achieve their objectives. When deciding what platforms to employ, hackers have a variety of ways to get malware into systems without attracting attention. This is known as the “hacker’s choice.”  And they can also find ways to remain in those systems even longer without being noticed, which is what we’re seeing with advanced persistent crime (APC).

Our researchers have observed that over the previous six months, HTML has been the most common method of malware delivery, with a difference of about 10% between it and Javascript. HTML hit a new high in May.