This new dual-platform malware targets both Windows and Linux systems

One of the oft-repeated reasons for using alternative operating systems is the suggestion that alternatives to Windows are more secure because malware is not produced for these minority systems. However, the proliferation of web-based attacks—which are inherently cross-platform, as they depend on browsers more than the underlying OS the browser runs on—makes this argument rather toothless.

As an example of why “security by minority” is a misguided notion, Google’s Golang—which supports cross compiling to run on multiple operating systems—is now being utilized by attackers to target Windows and Linux workstations according a report by JPCERT.

Read more about the recently discovered “WellMess malware” that can operate on WinPE (Windows Preinstallation Environment) and on Linux via ELF (Executable and Linkable Format), on TechRepublic.