At the same time, cybercriminals and underground developers are eager to show off their skills. Building malware requires creativity, said Matthew Westfall, principal security consultant at tech firm nVisium.

“While commodity and weaponized malware have long dominated the threat landscape, an investigation into the world of non-commercial virus research shows there is still an active cohort of enthusiasts who are motivated by the thrill of implementation,” Westfall told Dice. “The challenge of ‘giving life’ to new languages and technologies through self-replicating code may be a more resilient force than strategic or financial gain, and it should be considered alongside other factors as new technology is evaluated for its uses and risks.”

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