Barracuda researchers have uncovered an alarming new rise in the use of document-based
malware. A recent email analysis revealed that 48% of all malicious files detected in the last
12 months were some kind of document. More than 300,000 unique malicious documents
Since the beginning of 2019, however, these types of document-based attacks have been
increasing in frequency – dramatically. In the first quarter of the year, 59% of all malicious files
detected were documents, compared to 41% the prior year.