What is Bonifico Effettuato?
As a rule, cybercriminals behind phishing emails attempt steal money, identities by getting recipients to reveal personal information (for example, credit card details, bank information, login credentials) on websites that pretend to be official, legitimate. It is important to mention that emails of this type are disguised as letters from reputable companies, organizations.
Typically, they contain some message and a link to a phishing website. This particular email is disguised as a letter from a company named KÜNZA. It is unlikely that KÜNZA is an existing company - there is no information about it anywhere on the Internet.
This email is disguised as a letter regarding a completed money transaction. It contains an attachment (a ZIP file) that has an HTML file in it. Scammers claim that the aforementioned HTML file contains payment details.
Their goal is to trick recipients into opening that HTML file and entering their email address and password in the popped-up sign-in window. HTML file (fake payment order) is designed to send the entered information (login credentials) to a server controlled by cybercriminals.
Typically, cybercriminals use obtained login credentials to hijack accounts (e.g., email, social media) and use them to steal identities, make fraudulent purchases, transactions, send spam, trick other people into providing personal information, making money transactions, installing malware on their computers, and so on. It depends on the account that cybercriminals managed to access using the provided login credentials.
It is important to mention that people who use the same login credentials for multiple accounts are likely to lose access to those accounts too. Another important detail about the information that cybercriminals extract from people is that they often make it available for purchase on hacker forums.
|Name||Bonifico Effettuato Email Scam|
|Threat Type||Phishing, Scam, Social Engineering, Fraud|
|Fake Claim||A bank transfer is completed|
|Disguise||Letter from a company called KÜNZA|
|Detection Names (Payment Order -k56587.html)||Ad-Aware (Trojan.GenericKD.46501834), BitDefender (Trojan.GenericKD.46501834), Emsisoft (JS:Trojan.Cryxos.5957 (B)), MAX (Malware (ai Score=88)), Full List (VirusTotal)|
|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.|
|Malware Removal (Windows)||
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In conclusion, the main purpose of this phishing email is to trick unsuspecting recipients into providing login credentials (email addresses and passwords) for their Adobe, email, or other accounts. There are lots of examples of email scams used to extract personal information, some of them are "Undelivered Mails Scam", "BANCO BPM Email Scam", "New App(s) Have Access To Your Microsoft Account Email Scam".
What most of them have in common is that they contain a link to a phishing website that ask to enter sensitive information. It is important to mention that cybercriminals can use email to trick recipients into infecting their computers with malware. A couple of examples of malicious emails are "Contech Email Virus" and "Santander Email Virus".
How do spam campaigns infect computers?
As a rule, cybercriminals behind malspam campaigns send emails containing malicious attachments or website links. Their goal is to trick recipients into downloading and opening a file designed to install malicious software.
In most cases, those files install malware when users open/execute them. Although, malicious documents opened with MS Office 2010 or later do not infect computers unless they are allowed to enable editing/content (macros commands). However, malicious documents opened with older versions do not have the "Protected View" mode and install malware automatically.
How to avoid installation of malware?
Attachments and links in irrelevant emails sent from suspicious, unknown senders should not be opened, clicked. Emails of this type should be examined carefully before opening their contents. It is common that cybercriminals send such emails with the purpose to deliver malware.
Installed programs have to be updated and activated with implemented functions or tools that their official developers provide. It is strongly recommended not to use any third-party, unofficial tools to update or activate programs - it is very common for those tools to be bundled with malware.
Another reason not to use third-party tools ('cracking' tools) to activate software is that it is against the law. Furthermore, programs and files should be downloaded from official, trustworthy websites and via direct links. Files, programs downloaded using third-party downloaders, unofficial pages, and other channels of this kind can be malicious.
The operating system should be scanned for threats regularly. It is recommended to do it using a reputable antivirus or anti-spyware software. If you've already opened malicious attachments, we recommend running a scan with Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows to automatically eliminate infiltrated malware.
Text presented in the Bonifico Effettuato email letter:
Subject: Bonifico Effettuato
In allegato trovate il Pagamento Eseguito.
Accounts - RETAIL DPT.
Via L. Ariosto, 19 - l-20091 Bresso (MI)
T. +39.02.61.32.16.85 - F. +39.02.66.500.572
PROUD. FAMILY. COMPANY. Since 1936
Screenshot of the downloaded HTML file asking to provide login credentials:
Screenshot of the HTML file ("Payment Order -k56587.html") detected as malicious in VirusTotal:
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- What is Bonifico Effettuato?
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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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus 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:
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:
Download a program called Autoruns. This program shows auto-start applications, Registry, and file system locations:
Restart 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.
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.
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.
Video showing how to start Windows 10 in "Safe Mode with Networking":
Extract the downloaded archive and run the Autoruns.exe file.
In 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.
Check 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".
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.
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 Combo Cleaner Antivirus for Windows.