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Do not trust "Transaction received into blockchain wallet" scam emails

Also Known As: possible malware infections
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Medium

"Transaction received into blockchain wallet" email scam removal guide

What is the "Transaction received into blockchain wallet" email?

"Transaction received into blockchain wallet" is a scam email. These messages are disguised as mail from Blockchain, Bitcoin cryptocurrency block explorer and cryptowallet service, which supports Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, and Ethereum cryptocurrencies. The emails are presented as notifications about a "recent transaction". The purpose of the "Transaction received into blockchain wallet" messages is to trick people into visiting cryptocurrency-related phishing websites, which in turn are designed to extort information relating to users' cryptowallets and steal them.

Transaction received into blockchain wallet email spam campaign

The emails with the title/subject "Transaction Received of BTC 0.55615081 has been processed." is full of grammatical and spelling errors, which is common to scam mail. The subject of these messages serves as a lure to trick recipients into opening them. This title suggests that users have received 0.55615081 BTC (Bitcoin cryptocurrency), which (although exchange rates vary drastically) can be of significant worth. At the exchange rate at the time of writing, this sum was equivalent to approximately US$5,600 (USD). The body of the email states that users have received a payment in their Blockchain Wallet. To view details of this transaction, they are instructed to click the link presented below as a button ("Confirm Your Transaction"). Should users find that they cannot open the link, they are urged to address this issue via email. This button will redirect to a cryptocurrency-centered phishing site, which gathers entered information. For example, these websites can identically mimic the design of the log-in pages of legitimate websites (e.g. disguised as Blockchain). This allows scammers/cyber criminals to gain control over the accounts users wish to access. Therefore, trusting the "Transaction received into blockchain wallet" emails can lead to financial loss and serious privacy issues.

Threat Summary:
Name Transaction received into blockchain wallet Email Scam.
Threat Type Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud.
Fake Claim Emails claim users have had a certain sum transferred to their Blockchain wallets.
Related Domains explorer-coin.hopto[.]org and explorer-blockchain.ath[.]cx
Detection Names (explorer-coin.hopto[.]org)
CRDF (Malicious), Fortinet (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Detection Names (explorer-blockchain.ath[.]cx)
BitDefender (Phishing), CRDF (Malicious), CyRadar (Malicious), Emsisoft (Phishing), Full List Of Detections (VirusTotal).
Serving IP Address (explorer-blockchain.ath[.]cx) 45.15.25.242
Disguise Emails are disguised as messages from Blockchain.
Symptoms Unauthorized online purchases, changed online account passwords, identity theft, illegal access of the computer.
Distribution methods Deceptive emails, rogue online pop-up ads, search engine poisoning techniques, misspelled domains.
Damage Loss of sensitive private information, monetary loss, identity theft.
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"Last Warning: Upgrade your email to avoid Shutting Down", "A file was shared with you", "ShareFile Attachment" and "ProtonMail Email Scam" are some examples of other phishing emails. Deceptive/Scam messages are sent during large scale operations called "spam campaigns". Phishing is not the only malicious use for such mail - other scams are also common. These emails are employed to distribute Trojans, ransomware and other malware as well. Regardless of how these emails are presented, what they claim, request, or demand, the end-goal is the same: to generate revenue for the designers.

How do spam campaigns infect computers?

Systems are infected via dangerous files sent through spam campaigns. These files can be attached to the emails or, alternatively, the messages can contain download links to such content. Malicious files can have various disguises (e.g. deceptive filenames, thumbnails, etc.) and can be in various formats such as PDF and Microsoft Office documents, archives (RAR, ZIP, etc.), executables (.exe, .run, etc.), JavaScript, and so on. When these files are executed, run or otherwise opened, the infection process is triggered (e.g. download/installation of malware). For example, Microsoft Office documents infect systems by executing malicious macro commands. In MS Office versions released before 2010, macros are executed when a document is opened, however, in newer versions, users are asked to enable macro commands (i.e., to enable editing/content). Therefore, the infection process is only started after macros are manually enabled.

How to avoid installation of malware

Suspicious and/or irrelevant emails should not be opened, especially those with any attachments or links found in them, as doing so can lead to high-risk infection. You are advised to use Microsoft Office versions released after 2010, since they have "Protected View" mode. This prevents malicious macro commands from being executed automatically when an infectious document is opened. As well as spam campaigns, other common malware proliferation methods include via untrusted download sources (e.g. unofficial and free file-hosting sites, Peer-to-Peer sharing networks and other third party downloaders), illegal activation ("cracking") tools and fake updaters. Therefore, use official and verified channels, and activate and update programs with tools/functions provided by legitimate developers. To protect device and user safety, it is paramount to have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed. Furthermore, this software must be kept up to date, used to run regular system scans, and to remove detected threats. If you have already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Malwarebytes for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.

Text presented in the "Transaction received into blockchain wallet" email message:

Subject: Transaction Received of BTC 0.55615081 has been processed.

 

Transaction Received.

 

A payment has been received into yuor Blockchain Wallet, To view the details of your transaction on the blockchain, click thelink below.Dear Customer(a).If you can not open the link. Direct email to inbox.

 

Confirm Your Transaction
download on the app store
get it on google play
Use your unique Wallet ID to log into your Blockchain wallet.

 

© Blockchain.com

Another variant of BlockChain-themed scam email:

Advanced Security - Blockchain Support Center scam email

Text presented within:

Subject: Advanced Security - Blockchain Support Center

Action Requi
We have updated our software to improve the security of our customers. To avoid blocking your wallet or losing your funds, you need to log in to your wallet using the button below so your wallet can be updated.
Log In To My Wallet
Once you login, a new pair of encryption keys will be generated for you, it may take a few minutes. Please be patient.
download on the app store
 
get it on google play
© Blockchain.com

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How to remove malware manually?

Manual malware removal is a complicated task - usually it is best to allow antivirus or anti-malware programs to do this automatically. To remove this malware we recommend using Malwarebytes for Windows. If you wish to remove malware manually, the first step is to identify the name of the malware that you are trying to remove. Here is an example of a suspicious program running on a user's computer:

malicious process running on user's computer sample

If you checked the list of programs running on your computer, for example, using task manager, and identified a program that looks suspicious, you should continue with these steps:

manual malware removal step 1Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:

screenshot of autoruns application

manual malware removal step 2Restart your computer into Safe Mode:

Windows XP and Windows 7 users: Start your computer in Safe Mode. Click Start, click Shut Down, click Restart, click OK. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until you see the Windows Advanced Option menu, and then select Safe Mode with Networking from the list.

Safe Mode with Networking

Video showing how to start Windows 7 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 8 users: Start Windows 8 is Safe Mode with Networking - Go to Windows 8 Start Screen, type Advanced, in the search results select Settings. Click Advanced startup options, in the opened "General PC Settings" window, select Advanced startup. Click the "Restart now" button. Your computer will now restart into the "Advanced Startup options menu". Click the "Troubleshoot" button, and then click the "Advanced options" button. In the advanced option screen, click "Startup settings". Click the "Restart" button. Your PC will restart into the Startup Settings screen. Press F5 to boot in Safe Mode with Networking.

Windows 8 Safe Mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 8 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

Windows 10 users: Click the Windows logo and select the Power icon. In the opened menu click "Restart" while holding "Shift" button on your keyboard. In the "choose an option" window click on the "Troubleshoot", next select "Advanced options". In the advanced options menu select "Startup Settings" and click on the "Restart" button. In the following window you should click the "F5" button on your keyboard. This will restart your operating system in safe mode with networking.

windows 10 safe mode with networking

Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":

 

manual malware removal step 3Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.

extract autoruns.zip and run autoruns.exe

manual malware removal step 4In the Autoruns application, click "Options" at the top and uncheck "Hide Empty Locations" and "Hide Windows Entries" options. After this procedure, click the "Refresh" icon.

Click 'Options' at the top and uncheck 'Hide Empty Locations' and 'Hide Windows Entries' options

manual malware removal step 5Check the list provided by the Autoruns application and locate the malware file that you want to eliminate.

You should write down its full path and name. Note that some malware hides process names under legitimate Windows process names. At this stage, it is very important to avoid removing system files. After you locate the suspicious program you wish to remove, right click your mouse over its name and choose "Delete".

locate the malware file you want to remove

After removing the malware through the Autoruns application (this ensures that the malware will not run automatically on the next system startup), you should search for the malware name on your computer. Be sure to enable hidden files and folders before proceeding. If you find the filename of the malware, be sure to remove it.

searching for malware file on your computer

Reboot your computer in normal mode. Following these steps should remove any malware from your computer. Note that manual threat removal requires advanced computer skills. If you do not have these skills, leave malware removal to antivirus and anti-malware programs. These steps might not work with advanced malware infections. As always it is best to prevent infection than try to remove malware later. To keep your computer safe, install the latest operating system updates and use antivirus software.

To be sure your computer is free of malware infections, we recommend scanning it with Malwarebytes for Windows.

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Tomas Meskauskas

Tomas Meskauskas - expert security researcher, professional malware analyst.

I am passionate about computer security and technology. I have an experience of over 10 years working in various companies related to computer technical issue solving and Internet security. I have been working as an author and editor for pcrisk.com since 2010. Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to stay informed about the latest online security threats. Contact Tomas Meskauskas.

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