Google Drive accounted for 50% of malicious Office document downloads

OneDrive was responsible for 19% while 15% of malicious Microsoft Office documents were downloaded through Sharepoint in 2021.

A new report published by Atlas VPN has revealed startling new details about how widely used platforms like Google and Microsoft are exploited by attackers to spread malware.

The report should not come as a surprise because another report published last year revealed that nearly 43% of all malware downloads were hidden in infected MS Office documents.

Google Drive and Microsoft documents

The most surprising finding from Atlas VPN’s team is that in 2021 around 50% of malicious Microsoft Office documents out of all malware were downloaded from Google Drive, and 37% of all malware downloads on the platform were malicious office documents.

It is worth noting that Google Drive surpassed Microsoft OneDrive in terms of popularity in 2020, which caused 34% of all malicious office document download apps from this platform in 2020.

The research further revealed that MS OneDrive represented 19% of all malicious Office document downloads, while MS Sharepoint ranked third as users used it to download 15% of all malicious Office documents containing malware.

Google’s Gmail accounted for 4% of malicious office document downloads, and

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