Canadian hacker gains notoriety, macro malware growing exponentially: Report

Remember Lordfenix, the 20-year old Brazillian student who single-handedly developed over 100 trojans since 2013?

Well, it looks like he has competition from Canada.

A hacker by the name of “Frapstar” has gained notoriety and is being monitored by Trend Micro, which has released its Q2 security roundup report called “A Rising Tide: New Hacks Threaten Public Technologies.”

In the paper, the security vendor noted that hackers like Frapstar, which has built his or her own enterprise supplying fake Canadian passports and stolen credit card information to other criminals shows that “single individuals are capable of making a significant impact in today’s threat marketplace.”

This is a notable shift in approach, which in previous years have often resulted in collectives.

Other new trends include attacks on non-conventional targets, namely public utilities including broadcast networks, airplanes, automated vehicular systems and home routers. For the first time, hacks are posing physical inconveniences and threats.

Meanwhile, in the virtual realm, hackers are also shifting their focus.

In Canada in June, online banking malware dropped to less than half of what it was in January 2015. Yet macro viruses, which are simple scripts that are executed upon opening of a document, are making a resurgence, nearly doubling in Canada between May to June.

“While threats to software are always present, vulnerabilities in Web apps were proven to be just as dangerous,” Trend Micro said in a statement.  “Attackers will leverage any vulnerability available and custom applications need custom security attention to ensure those entry points are eliminated.”

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