Junglesec Ransomware
Ransomware | 12/28/2018

How to Remove JungleSec Ransomware?

About: Junglesec Ransomware, a malicious variant of HiddenTear has been infecting victims through unsecured IPMI cards with sole motive of minting money & swindling innocent users. Following the infection, JungleSec alters system settings without user’s c...  Read More  

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Guide to Remove Junglesec Ransomware

JungleSec is the new name of a Ransomware virus that is infecting victims through an unsecured IPMI cards (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) from early November. This treacherous malware has been created by cyber criminals with the sole motive of swindling innocent users & minting shady money. Once the system is infected by this perilous Junglesec Ransomware, it encrypts files & stipulates a ransom of several hundred dollars from the user. The prime operating system targeted by it is Linux.

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Junglesec, an encryption Ransomware Trojan was first detected by the PC security researchers on 19thJune 2018. They revealed that Junglesec Ransomware is a variant of HiddenTear Ransomware, an open-source encryption Ransomware program released in 2015. This threat was initially meant for educational purposes; however criminals skillfully adapted it to execute harmful attacks, which ultimately led to invention of countless variants of this scam.

Junglesec Ransomware: Threat Behavior

Upon research it was found that Junglesec Ransomware originally targeted the victims using Windows, Mac & Linux OS, however no evidences were found to trace how the systems were being infected. After conversation with the victims whose Linux servers were impacted with Junglesec, researchers tracked down that servers were being infected by unsecured IPMI devices & its installation tends to have roots from spam e-mail attachments.

 

Following the infection of the system, Junglesec alters system settings without user’s consent. At the outset it will disable certain legitimate applications running on the system like Antivirus Software, Firewall Security Setting, Control Panel, System Registry Settings and Command Prompt. The malicious modification in System Registry Settings will trigger automatic restart of the system after certain intervals of time. Attackers treacherously reboot the infected system into a single user mode & gain root access to download & compile ccrypt encryption program on it.

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Junglesec Ransomware encrypts files in every location of computer hard drive & instantly renames them to .jungle@anonymousspechcom file extension. Resultantly, the files become futile & cannot be accessed when needed. Junglesec attacks a variety of user-generated document & media files like images, audios, videos, games, pdf, css, html, text documents and databases.

 

Once of the victims, Alex informed security researchers that when he tried accessing his files a message got displayed in the screen which stated that the victim should read the ENCRYPTED.md file. The file is a ransom note for Junglesec Ransomware which includes instructions from cyber criminals. It asks the victim to contact the attacker on junglesec@anonymousspeech.com & send 0.3 bit coins to the enclosed bitcoin address in order to retrieve the locked files.

 

Virus Removal Guidelines do not suggest paying ransom to scammers as there are possibilities that scammers could disappear after receiving payment & lead to permanent loss of data & money.

 

Surprisingly, JungleSec is capable of creating a backdoor on TCP port 64321 & a firewall rule that allows scammers access this port. It is still vague what program was installed by the scammers to be used as a backdoor.

Junglesec Ransomware Distribution

The cybercriminals use various strategies for malware distribution which include –

  1. Software Bundling: Software bundling is the process in which a malicious program is distributed with other free software, to get an unnoticed entry into your computer system. When a user installs a free application, the malicious programs gains a front door entry with the free application, the user has downloaded. Thus, it is a good idea to keep an eye on the installation screens while installing these free applications.
  2. Infected Storage Devices: Your system can also get infected by using removable media such as USB hard drives and jump drives without scanning them with an anti-virus.
  3. Spam Emails – Spamming is the most economic and common method used for the distribution of such malware. The targeted users get genuine looking emails which contain .doc, .txt, and other similar attachments. These attachments can be named as anything which can grab the user’s attention and triggers him/her to open the attachment. As soon as the user opens this attachment, the malware infects the user’s computer system.
  4. Malicious Websites or Malevolent Advertisements: The malicious websites are the ones which are created just for promoting the malware infections. Such websites include but are not limited to porn sites, torrent sites and other free downloading platforms. By visiting such websites, the adware infects the user’s computer without permission. Fake advertisements and updates like Flash player and windows updates which ask the user to update to the latest version are a few examples. When the users click on such links, their computer system gets infected. That is why, it is highly recommended to resist clicking on such links. Also avoid clicking on advertisements offering free stuff such as Win an iPhones, cars or free overseas trips etc.

Threat Summary

Name: Junglesec Ransomware

Targeted Operating System: Windows, Linux, Mac

Category: Ransomware

Symptoms: All the files of the users are encrypted. The locked files are appended with .jungle@anonymousspechcom extension after the encryption and hence are made inaccessible to the user. A ransom note follows the attempt of accessing any file that demands a ransom of 0.3 bit coins.

 

How to remove Junglesec Ransomware from the System?

Step 1: Restart System using Safe mode with Command Prompt

Windows 7/ Vista/ XP

  1. Click on Windows icon present in the lower left corner of the computer screen.
  2. Select and click Restart.
  3. When the screen goes blank, keep tapping F8 key until you see the Advanced Boot Options window.
  4. With the help of arrow keys on keyboard, Select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press the Enter Key. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  5. Click on the username and enter the password (if any).

Windows 10 / Windows 8

  1. Press and hold the Shift Key and simultaneously click on the windows icon present in the lower left corner of your computer screen.
  2. While the Shift key is still pressed click on the Power button and then click on Restart.
  3. Now select Troubleshoot → Advanced options → Startup Settings.
  4. When the Startup Settings screen appears which is the first screen to appear after restart, select and click on Enable Safe Mode with Command Prompt. The system will then restart to Safe Mode with Command Prompt.
  5. Click on the username and enter the password.

 

Step 2: Restore your system files and settings

Method 1 using Control Panel

  1. Click on the ‘Start’ button on the taskbar. This will open the Start menu.
  2. Click on the ‘Control Panel’ button in the Start menu. This will open the control panel window.
  3. In the Control Panel window, click on the ‘View by:’ button on the top right. Select the Large Icon option
  4. In the control Panel window click on the ‘Recovery Icon’. This will open a window that will ask ‘Restore the computer to an earlier point in time’.
  5. Click on the ‘Open system restore’ button. This will open the ‘system restore ’window where you need to click on the Next Button.
  6.  Select the restore point that is prior the infiltration of JungleSec Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  7. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by JungleSec Ransomware. 

OR

Method 2 using Command Prompt

  1. Type cmd in the search box and click on the command prompt to open the Command Prompt window. box and clicking on it.
  2. Once the Command Prompt window shows up, enter cd restore and click Enter.(Ensure that you in the system32 directory of Windows folder in C Drive)
  3. Now type rstrui and press Enter again.
  4. When a new window shows up, click Next and select your restore point that is prior the infiltration of JungleSec Ransomware. After doing that, click Next.
  5. This will open the ‘Confirm your restore point’ dialog box. Click on Finish button. This will restore your system to a previous restore point before your system was infected by JungleSec Ransomware.

 

OR

Method 3 : Directly type 'rstrui' in the search box

  1. Type ‘Rstrui’ in the search box present on the task bar. This will open the System restore dialog box.

Continue to follow steps 4 & 5 of Method 2 to restore the System Files and settings.

 

Tips to prevent your computer system from getting infected 

  1. Keeping the Operating System Updated- In order to remain protected and avoid such infections, it is recommended to keep your Operating System updated by enabling the automatic update on your system. The systems with outdated or older versions of Operating System become an easy target for the attackers.
  2. Resist clicking on spam emails – One of the major techniques used for malware distribution is forwarding spam emails to the user. The system gets infected as soon as the user clicks on the attachment. These mails appear to be genuine, so be aware and resist falling for these tricks.
  3. Keep an eye on third party installations- It is quite important that you take due care while installing any third party applications for they are major source of such infections. Such malware programs come bundled with the free applications thereby requiring the user to remain cautious.
  4. Regular periodical backup- In order to keep your data and files safe, it is recommended to take regular back up of all your data and files either on an external drive or cloud.
  5. Use Anti-Virus Protection- We strongly recommend the use of antivirus protection/internet security in your PC like Vipre and BULL GUARD so that it remains safe.
  6. Enable the Ad Blocker/Popup Blocker in your browser- Enabling the popup blocker/ ad blocker in your chosen browser will help you to stay protected from annoying adware.

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