An open source programming language written by Google is becoming the language of choice for malware writers, according to a new report.
Analysis from cyber security firm Intezer reports that the programming language Go is gaining fans on the other side of the fence at an alarming rate.
The company claims that malware written in Go has steadily increased, with a nearly 2000% increase in new malware strains written in the language spotted in the wild.
“A large part of the current Linux malware written in Go are bots that are either used for DDoS or installing cryptominers,” observes Intezer while analysing the use of Go by threat actors in 2020.
According to ZDNet’s reading of the report, there are several key reasons why Go is a hit with unscrupulous developers. For starters, not only is the language easy to cross-compile between the three popular operating systems, but Go-based binaries are also a difficult object of study for security researchers.
Intezer also believes that Go’s network stack, which makes it one of the preferred languages for writing cloud-native apps, also makes it attractive to rogue developers.
For these reasons, the report predicts that the number of malware written in Go will continue to rise.
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