JungleSec Ransomware

Also Known As: JungleSec virus
Distribution: Low
Damage level: Severe

JungleSec ransomware removal instructions

What is JungleSec?

JungleSec is a ransomware-type computer infection that targets mostly Linux servers. In some cases, however, it also infiltrates Windows/Mac servers. Like most viruses of this type, it is designed to encrypt data. To retrieve (decrypt) their files, victims are encouraged to pay developers a ransom. JungleSec encrypts data using ccrypt cryptography and renames all affected files by changing their extensions to ".cpt". For example, "1.jpg" becomes "1.jpg.cpt". It also generates a ransom message within a file called "ENCRYPTED.md".

JungleSec ransomware is distributed manually, via IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) remote consoles. IPMI is a computer interface that is usually built into server motherboards or installed as an add-on card. It is essentially a tool that allows administrators to control (manage and monitor) computers remotely. While manually infecting systems with JungleSec, developers also open a backdoor. According to the ransom message in "ENCRYPTED.md", JungleSec encrypts all data and, any attempts to change the name or path, or perform other changes to encrypted files, will result in permanent data loss or complicate the recovery process. To retrieve their files, victims are encouraged to pay .3 of Bitcoin to the provided address. Once the ransom is paid, victims are required to contact JungleSec developers via junglesec@anonymousspeech.com and provide the IP address of a computer or server. They try to express that they have no interest in deceiving users (i.e. not providing the information and tools required for JungleSec decryption). They promise to recover files within 24 hours of the ransom demands being met. Note, however, that cyber criminals often ignore victims even if their requirements are fulfilled. Therefore, do not trust these people. In these cases (when computers are infected with ransomware), the best free way to retrieve files is to use an existing data backup and restore everything from there.

Screenshot of a message encouraging users to pay a ransom to decrypt their compromised data:

JungleSec decrypt instructions

There are many ransomware-type computer infections available on the internet. Examples of other malicious programs of this type include Tunca, LyaS, and Bizer (these infections target personal computers, not servers). Most encrypt data and make ransom demands. The main differences between these infections are often the cryptography algorithm used for encryption and cost of decryption (ransom size). Unfortunately, most ransomware-type infections are impossible to crack and only developers have access to decryption tools or keys. These encryptions can only be cracked if the ransomware program is not fully developed or contains bugs/flaws. To prevent data loss caused by viruses such as JungleSec, we recommend that you maintain regular data backups and store them on unplugged storage devices or remote servers.

How did ransomware infect my computer?

As mentioned above, JungleSec developers infect servers manually, through IPMI remote consoles. Typically, cyber criminals succeed in causing this computer infection when the IPMI interface is not configured correctly. Improper configurations, such as using default passwords created by manufacturers, allow cyber criminals to remotely connect to a server and to take control over it. In other cases, improper ACL (Access Control List) configurations cause these infections.

Threat Summary:
NameJungleSec virus
Threat TypeRansomware, Crypto Virus, Files locker
SymptomsCan't open files stored on your computer, previously functional files now have a different extension, for example my.docx.locked. A ransom demanding message is displayed on your desktop. Cyber criminals are asking to pay a ransom (usually in bitcoins) to unlock your files.
Distribution methodsInfected email attachments (macros), torrent websites, malicious ads.
DamageAll files are encrypted and cannot be opened without paying a ransom. Additional password stealing trojans and malware infections can be installed together with a ransomware infection.

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How to protect yourself from ransomware infections?

To prevent ransomware-type infections caused through IPMI remote consoles, ensure that they are properly secured. You are strongly advised to change the password - do not use the default password set by IPMI manufacturers. Configure the aforementioned CL (Access Control List) to ensure that only certain IP addresses can access IPMI (you are advised to make it accessible only to local administrators with internal IPs [Internet Protocols] or through a VPN connection). Finally, add a password to the GRUB boot loader - this can impede cyber criminals, since they will then be unable to use IPMI to reboot into single user mode. If you are using a home PC (not a server), browse the web and download/install/update software with care. Think twice before opening email attachments. Files that seem irrelevant or those received from suspicious (unrecognizable) email addresses should never be opened. Furthermore, download your programs from official sources only, using direct download links. Third party downloaders/installers often include rogue software, and thus these tools should never be used. The same applies to software updates. Keep installed programs up-to-date, but use implemented functions or tools provided by the official developers only. Have a reputable anti-virus/anti-spyware suite installed and running, since these tools can detect and eliminate malware before any damage is done. If your computer is already infected with JungleSec, we recommend running a scan with Spyhunter for Windows to automatically eliminate this ransomware.

Text presented in JungleSec ransomware text file ("ENCRYPTED.md") :


What happen to my data ?

Your data are encrypted. If you try to bruteforce, change the path, the name or do anything that can alterate a single byte of a file(s) will result
to a fail of the recovery process, meaning your file(s) will be loss for good.

How can I retrieve them ?

- To known the process, you must first send 0.3 bitcoin to the following address : ************

- Once the payment made, send your email address to junglesec@anonymousspeech.com, do not forget to mention the IP of server/computer

Will you send the process recovery once payment is made ?

- We have no interest to not send you the recovery process if payment was made.

- Once the payment is made, you should receive the recovery process to decrypt your data in less 24 hours

By Jungle_Sec 

Screenshot of files encrypted by JungleSec (".cpt" extension):

Files encrypted by JungleSec

JungleSec ransomware removal:

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Quick menu:

Step 1

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":

Step 2

Log in to the account infected with the JungleSec virus. Start your Internet browser and download a legitimate anti-spyware program. Update the anti-spyware software and start a full system scan. Remove all entries detected.

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking, try performing a System Restore.

Video showing how to remove ransomware virus using "Safe Mode with Command Prompt" and "System Restore":

1. During your computer start process, press the F8 key on your keyboard multiple times until the Windows Advanced Options menu appears, and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt from the list and press ENTER.

Boot your computer in Safe Mode with Command Prompt

2. When Command Prompt mode loads, enter the following line: cd restore and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt type cd restore

3. Next, type this line: rstrui.exe and press ENTER.

system restore using command prompt rstrui.exe

4. In the opened window, click "Next".

restore system files and settings

5. Select one of the available Restore Points and click "Next" (this will restore your computer system to an earlier time and date, prior to the JungleSec ransomware virus infiltrating your PC).

select a restore point

6. In the opened window, click "Yes".

run system restore

7. After restoring your computer to a previous date, download and scan your PC with recommended malware removal software to eliminate any remaining JungleSec ransomware files.

To restore individual files encrypted by this ransomware, try using Windows Previous Versions feature. This method is only effective if the System Restore function was enabled on an infected operating system. Note that some variants of JungleSec are known to remove Shadow Volume Copies of the files, so this method may not work on all computers.

To restore a file, right-click over it, go into Properties, and select the Previous Versions tab. If the relevant file has a Restore Point, select it and click the "Restore" button.

Restoring files encrypted by CryptoDefense

If you cannot start your computer in Safe Mode with Networking (or with Command Prompt), boot your computer using a rescue disk. Some variants of ransomware disable Safe Mode making its removal complicated. For this step, you require access to another computer.

To regain control of the files encrypted by JungleSec, you can also try using a program called Shadow Explorer. More information on how to use this program is available here.

shadow explorer screenshot

To protect your computer from file encryption ransomware such as this, use reputable antivirus and anti-spyware programs. As an extra protection method, you can use programs called HitmanPro.Alert and EasySync CryptoMonitor, which artificially implant group policy objects into the registry to block rogue programs such as JungleSec ransomware.

Note that Windows 10 Fall Creators Update includes a "Controlled Folder Access" feature that blocks ransomware attempts to encrypt your files. By default, this feature automatically protects files stored in the Documents, Pictures, Videos, Music, Favorites as well as Desktop folders.

Controll Folder Access

Windows 10 users should install this update to protect their data from ransomware attacks. Here is more information on how to get this update and add an additional protection layer from ransomware infections.

HitmanPro.Alert CryptoGuard - detects encryption of files and neutralises any attempts without need for user-intervention:

hitmanproalert ransomware prevention application

Malwarebytes Anti-Ransomware Beta uses advanced proactive technology that monitors ransomware activity and terminates it immediately - before reaching users' files:

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  • The best way to avoid damage from ransomware infections is to maintain regular up-to-date backups. More information on online backup solutions and data recovery software Here.

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