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Intent is largely irrelevant until you get to court and find a sympathetic judge. If you’re in the US, it’s totally irrelevant (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaron_Swartz — it wasn’t even malware, by any definition!)

However, I believe until you *distribute* it, or use it on someone else’s machine without written permission, anything goes. The trick is to keep your malware inside your home and not let it escape 🙂