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20-year-old Brazilian Trojan maker revealed

What were you doing when you were 20 years old? I’m pretty certain you weren’t building hundreds of malware, each worth $300.

That’s because you’re not Filho de Hacker, AKA LordFenix, a 20-year-old Brazilian student who was just been uncovered as the mastermind of hundreds of malware attacking banks.

As security company Trend Micro (opens in new tab) writes in a report, it has traced back the source of a number of banking Trojans to the 20 year old.

“A 20-year-old college student whose underground username is Lordfenix has become one of Brazil’s top banking malware creators. Lordfenix developed his underground reputation by creating more than a hundred online banking Trojans, each valued at over US$300,” Trend Micro says.

“Lordfenix is the latest in a string of young and notorious solo cybercriminals we’re seeing today.”

"Lordfenix is a 20-year old Computer Science student from Tocantins, Brazil. We were able to trace his activity back to April 2013."

Apparently, he compromised his activities when he posted on a forum, asking for programming assistance for a Trojan he was supposedly creating.

The company has posted a photo from the hacker’s Facebook profile, showing a bed full of local currency. “Based on a photo he posted on Facebook dated September 2013, it appears he was successful in his work,” Trend Micro says.

The hacker was creating and selling banking Trojans, including TSPY_BANKER.NJH. This one is able to tell when an internet user enters the URL for a bank into their browser, and then loads a fake login window, and sends the information back to the hacker over email.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.