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Attackers' Use of Uncommon Programming Languages Continues to Grow

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Kelly Sheridan

Uncommon programming languages — including Go, Rust, Nim, and DLang — are becoming favorites among malware authors seeking to bypass security defenses or address weak spots in their development process, BlackBerry researchers report.

The research team chose these four languages after noticing an increase in their use for malicious intent, as well as an increase in the number of malware families using them. Attackers using new programming languages is not new; however, researchers note these languages are becoming more developed and anticipate an uptick in their use as the trend continues.

There are several reasons why someone might adopt a new programming language: it may address a weakness in an existing language or give developers simpler syntax, more efficient memory management, or a performance boost. A new language may...

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