Windows is the target of a new banking malware: Bizarro. Recently spotted by Kaspersky researchers, the malware is spread through phishing emails. His goal ? Loot internet users’ bank accounts by stealing their identifiers.
“We noticed that users were targeted in Spain, Portugal, France and Italy. Attempts to steal credentials from customers of 70 banks in different European and South American countries have been identified, ” Kaspersky explains in his report.
DO NOT REPLY TO THIS PHISHING EMAIL, IT IS MALWARE!
To spread the malware, the hackers behind Bizarro use phishing mails . Typically, emails are designed to impersonate official emails from the tax administration. The fake email urgently requires tax information from the Internet user.
The email contains a link capable of automatically downloading a ZIP file to the victims’ computer. Once opened, it installs the Bizarro malware on the PC without the users’ knowledge. Once infiltrated on the computer, the malware, of the Trojan type, will terminate all open sessions of your browser. De facto, you will be forced to re-enter your usernames and passwords the next time you want to access an online service, such as your bank.
This is where Bizarro gets what he’s looking for. The malware collects all the information allowing you to log into your bank account. With a VPN service , anti-fraud detection and a minimum of know-how, hackers are then able to siphon money from your account . Often, crooks are content to resell the stolen information on dark web black markets, a less risky operation than hacking a bank account.
To avoid the traps set by hackers, we advise you to think twice before clicking on an attachment received by email. Secondly, we also recommend that you regularly scan your PC with an antivirus .