Good news for the victims of the JSWorm 2.0 ransomware, thanks to experts at Emsisoft they can decrypt their file for free.
Experts at Emsisoft malware research team released a decrypter for a recently discovered ransomware tracked as JSWorm 2.0.
JSWorm 2.0 is written in C++ and implements Blowfish encryption. The first version of the malware was written in C# and used the “.JSWORM” extension. Researchers believe both versions were developed by the same author.
Researchers found notable callouts in two different malware samples naming ID Ransomware and several prominent malware researchers:
“:HI SIRI, DEMONSLAY AND AMIIIIGO!!! HOW ARE YOU?”
“:ID-RANSOMWARE, IT’S JUST THE BEGINING [sic] OF SOMETHING NEW…”
Experts pointed out that there have been multiple confirmed submissions to the online service ID Ransomware that allows victims to upload their encrypted files to identify the ransomware that infected their machines. Since January 2019, experts observed encrypted files uploaded from South Africa, Italy, France, Iran, Vietnam, Argentina, United States, and other countries.
“Its files have the “.[ID-<numbers>][<email>].JSWORM” extension and the ransom note file named “JSWORM-DECRYPT.txt.”” reads the post published by Emsisoft.
Once infected a computer, the JSWorm 2.0 ransomware will perform the following actions:
Sets the “EnableLinkedConnections” registry key, which allows it to attack mapped drives when ran as admin.
Restarts SMB services (lanmanworkstation) to take effect (we are investigating if there’s more to the SMB vector).
Pierluigi Paganini is member of the ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) Threat Landscape Stakeholder Group and Cyber G7 Group, he is also a Security Evangelist, Security Analyst and Freelance Writer.
Editor-in-Chief at "Cyber Defense Magazine", Pierluigi is a cyber security expert with over 20 years experience in the field, he is Certified Ethical Hacker at EC Council in London. The passion for writing and a strong belief that security is founded on sharing and awareness led Pierluigi to find the security blog "Security Affairs" recently named a Top National Security Resource for US.
Pierluigi is a member of the "The Hacker News" team and he is a writer for some major publications in the field such as Cyber War Zone, ICTTF, Infosec Island, Infosec Institute, The Hacker News Magazine and for many other Security magazines.
Author of the Books "The Deep Dark Web" and “Digital Virtual Currency and Bitcoin”.