The latest outbreak, hitting Japanese Companies primarily, called Oni ransomware has appeared in the wild. The ransomware virus is very similar to the BAD RABBIT ransomware in that is uses a similar DiskCryptor approach to encrypt the MBR of a computer and lock it on boot, displaying the image above. The ransomware infection additionally encrypts the files on the victim’s computer or server adding the .oni file extension and leaves behind instructions for victims. They lead to a TOR-based website written In Japanese, which demands a hefty ransom fee to be paid by victims in order to restore files that have been encrypted. If you or your organization has been hit by the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” virus, we advise you to read the following article.
|Name||"Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus|
|Short Description||Locks your hard drive and encrypts your files, asking you to pay ansom to get them back.|
|Symptoms||Locks the computer on boot, displaying the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” message. Files are encrypted with an added .oni file extension.|
|Distribution Method||Spam Emails, Email Attachments, Executable files|
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“Your data is ENCRYPTED!” Ransomware – Distribution
In order for this ransomware virus to be widespread, the primary technique used to distribute it is via phishing spam. Messages are sent with .zip archives as e-mail attachments in them, pretending to be legitimate files, however are malicious Microsoft Word documents. The e-mails look like the following:
After the victim opens the malicious document, it cannot be read and there is a message asking to click on “Enable Content” to enable the macros of the Word Document to read what is in it. The bad news is once the content is enabled a malicious macro infection is triggered in the following activities commence:
Once the hackers have infected one device in a larger network, tey begin to use unknown for the moment techniques to spread the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” virus to other computers in the network as well in order to infect as many devices as possible.
“Your data is ENCRYPTED!” Virus – Malicious Activity
Once the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” ransomware has infected a given system, it triggers multiple malicious instructions that drop it’s payload files. They are reported to be the ones of a previously detected GlobeImposter ransomware variant.
Once this has been done, the ransomware also drops it’s read me file, called !!!README!!!.html. It leads victims to the following ransom note with instructions on how to pay ransom in order to recover your files:
But this virus does not stop there. If you have a more central computer, the malware uses code and scripts from another ransomware, known as MBR-ONI, with MBR being the Master Boot Record of the victim’s computer. Since the other ransomware is using the same DiskCryptor program, using in many other viruses, like the Mamba ransomware and recently detected BAD RABBIT ransomware, it immediately attacks the MBR of the storage components of the infected PC. This means that if you have SSD or hard drive, the virus overwrites it’s MBR, making the drive no longer accessible. This has led many researchers in the field, likee the experts at Cybereason to believe that this threat may evolve in wiper on some specific computers, like enterprise machines belonging to organizations. After the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” ransomware overwrites the MBR of your computer, the virus immediately displays a message after it halts the Windows boot process:
Oni Ransomware – Encryption
The encryption of this virus consists of two stages. The first stage attacks the files on your computer, leaving them to be encrypted with a unique decryption key generated to recover them, but it may only be known to the hackers behind this virus. The ransomware targets only specific files, such as:
- Database files.
- Important files to servers.
- Different types of documents.
After the files are encrypted, the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” virus add the .oni file extension to the encrypted files. This makes them begin to appear like the following:
The other stage of encryption overwrites the Master Boot Record of the computer. This eventually results in the ransomware virus locking the drive of your PC. Researchers, however do believe that this could be reverted after a master decryption password is discovered which can decrypt the drive by entering it on boot.
Remove “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” Ransomware and Get Your Files Back
Since the “Your data is ENCRYPTED!” ransomware is not like your typical ransomware viruses, it is strongly advisable to focus on restoring your files via different approach. Below, we have designed several instructions that may help you restore as many files as possible without directly having to risk damaging your drive. The methods may not be 100% effective, since they are purely theoretical, but may help in recovering most of your encrypted files.
- A screwdriver, corresponding to your desktop/laptop.
- A secure computer that is scanned for malware and cleaned and has a proper ransomware protection.
First of all, you should choose the safe computer from which to scan your files to be a powerful Windows machine which is also secured. This is why we recommend following these steps to secure it:
1. Download an ransomware and malware protection program.
Spy Hunter scanner will only detect the threat. If you want the threat to be automatically removed, you need to purchase the full version of the anti-malware tool.Find Out More About SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool / How to Uninstall SpyHunter
2. Download a relevant ransomware protection program.
3. Download a relevant cloud backup program that backups copies of your files on a secure server and even if your computer is affected you will stay protected. For more information you can also check another methods to safely store your data here.
After securing the test PC, you should prepare it for the decryption process which will most likely be lengthy. This is why we recommend changing the power settings so that your decryption computer does not automatically hibernate or sleep while left decrypting the drive.
→ Step 1: Click on the battery icon in your system tray (next to the digital clock) in Windows and then click on More Power Options.
Step 2:The Power options menu will appear. In your power plan click on Change Plan Settings.
Step 3: In your plan’s settings make sure you set “Turn off the display” and “Put computer to sleep” to “Never” from the drop down minutes menu.
Step 4: Click on Save Changes and close it.
For the recovery process, we have outlined several often-met drive migration scenarios which can be possible between different computers:
- From Laptop to Laptop with no extra components.
- From Desktop to Desktop with no extra components.
- From Laptop to Desktop with a SATA cable converter.
- From Desktop to Laptop with a SATA cable converter.
To simplify the process, we recommend you to choose machines that do not require any extra cables or components for the drive to run on them. In case you do not have such possibility, we recommend using an external SATA-USB adapter.
Step 1: Remove battery and power from your laptop. For desktop computers, please remove eliminate the power from the contact.
Step 2: Using the screwdriver, unscrew the case which carries the hard drive. For laptops, you should follow these steps:
Step 3: Remove the hard drive again with the screwdriver. It will look similar to the one on the picture below:
Step 4: Plug-in the hard drive on a secure computer which has an internet connection and Windows installed and screw it in firmly. If connected directly, the hard drive should be detected by the OS as a separate partition, similar to the picture below:
Step 5: After you have connected the drive, you will likely not be able to open it, because it’s sectors are encrypted. However, because only some of the sectors are encrypted, enough to render the drive no longer openable, you may have a chance if you use a data recovery software to recover the files from the drive as you were scanning a lost partition. Most data recovery programs have support for scanning broken partitions, but we recommend you to try the following:
Conclusion and Protection Tips Against Oni Ransomware Infections
We will continue to monitor the situation with Oni ransomware and update with every new variant coming out as we did with previous ransomware variants. Follow this web page or our blog news letter by e-mail for more information to come soon. In the meantime, we strongly advise you to update your Windows systems and secure them properly against malware. To learn more about security your PC and data in the future, we recommend reading the following materials:
→Related:Ransomware Protection Tips
- Guide 1: How to Remove "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus from Windows.
- Guide 2: Get rid of "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus from Mac OS X.
How to Remove "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus from Windows.
Step 1: Boot Your PC In Safe Mode to isolate and remove "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus
Step 2: Uninstall "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus and related software from Windows
Here is a method in few easy steps that should be able to uninstall most programs. No matter if you are using Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista or XP, those steps will get the job done. Dragging the program or its folder to the recycle bin can be a very bad decision. If you do that, bits and pieces of the program are left behind, and that can lead to unstable work of your PC, errors with the file type associations and other unpleasant activities. The proper way to get a program off your computer is to Uninstall it.
Step 3: Clean any registries, created by "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus on your computer.
The usually targeted registries of Windows machines are the following:
You can access them by opening the Windows registry editor and deleting any values, created by "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus there. This can happen by following the steps underneath:
Step 4: Scan for "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus with SpyHunter Anti-Malware Tool
Step 5 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus.
Ransomware infections and "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus aim to encrypt your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decrypt. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
If the above link does not work for you and your region, try the other two links below, that lead to the same product:
Get rid of "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus from Mac OS X.
Step 1: Uninstall "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus and remove related files and objects
1. Hit the ⇧+⌘+U keys to open Utilities. Another way is to click on “Go” and then click “Utilities”, like the image below shows:
- Go to Finder.
- In the search bar type the name of the app that you want to remove.
- Above the search bar change the two drop down menus to “System Files” and “Are Included” so that you can see all of the files associated with the application you want to remove. Bear in mind that some of the files may not be related to the app so be very careful which files you delete.
- If all of the files are related, hold the ⌘+A buttons to select them and then drive them to “Trash”.
In case you cannot remove "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus via Step 1 above:
In case you cannot find the virus files and objects in your Applications or other places we have shown above, you can manually look for them in the Libraries of your Mac. But before doing this, please read the disclaimer below:
You can repeat the same procedure with the following other Library directories:
Tip: ~ is there on purpose, because it leads to more LaunchAgents.
Step 2: Scan for and remove "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus files from your Mac
When you are facing problems on your Mac as a result of unwanted scripts and programs such as "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus, the recommended way of eliminating the threat is by using an anti-malware program. Combo Cleaner offers advanced security features along with other modules that will improve your Mac’s security and protect it in the future.
Step 3 (Optional): Try to Restore Files Encrypted by "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus on your Mac.
Ransomware for Mac "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus aims to encode all your files using an encryption algorithm which may be very difficult to decode, unless you pay money. This is why we have suggested a data recovery method that may help you go around direct decryption and try to restore your files, but only in some cases. Bear in mind that this method may not be 100% effective but may also help you a little or a lot in different situations.
"Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus FAQ
What is "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus ransomware and how does it work?
"Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus is a ransomware infection - the malicious software that enters your computer silently and blocks either access to the computer itself or encrypt your files. Many ransomware viruses use sophisticated encryption algorithm how to make your files inaccessible. The goal of ransomware infections is to demand that you pay a ransom payment to get access to your files back.
How does "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus ransomware infect my computer?
"Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus Ransomware infects computers by being sent via phishing e-mails, containing virus attachment. This attachment is usually masked as an important document, like an invoice, bank document or even a plane ticket and it looks very convincing to users. After you download and execute this attachment, a drive-by download occurs and your computer is infected with the ransomware virus.
Another way, you may become a victim of "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus is if you download a fake installer, crack or patch from a low reputation website or if you click on a virus link. Many users report getting a ransomware infection by downloading torrents.
How to open ."Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus files?
You can't. At this point the ."Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus files are encrypted. You can only open them once they are decrypted.
Decryptor did not decrypt my data. What now?
If a decryptor did not decrypt your ."Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus files successfully, then do not despair, because this virus is still new.
One way to restore files, encrypted by "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus ransomware is to use a decryptor for it. But since it's a new virus, advised that the decryption keys for it may not be out yet and available to the public. We will update this article and keep you posted as soon as this decryptor is released.
How Do I restore "."Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus" files (Other Methods)?
We have suggested several file recovery methods that could work if you want to restore ."Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus files. These methods are in no way 100% guarantee that you will be able to get your files back. But if you have a backup, your chances of success are much greater.
How do I get rid of "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus ransomware virus?
The safest way and the most efficient one for the removal of this ransomware infection is the use a professional anti malware software. It will scan for and locate "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus ransomware and then remove it without causing any additional harm to your important ."Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus files.
Also, keep in mind that viruses like "Your data is ENCRYPTED!" Virus ransomware also install Trojans and keyloggers that can steal your passwords and accounts. Scanning your computer with an anti-malware software will make sure that all of these virus components are removed and your computer is protected in the future.
What to Do If nothing works?
If none of the above methods seem to work for you, then try these methods:
Try to find a safe computer from where you can can login on your own line accounts like One Drive, iDrive, Google Drive and so on.
Try to contact your friends relatives and other people so that they can check if they have some of your important photos or documents just in case you sent them.
Also, check if some of the files that were encrypted it can be re downloaded from the web.
Another clever way to get back some of your files is to find another old computer, a flash drive or even a CD or a DVD where you may have saved your older documents. You might be surprised what will turn up.
You can also go to your email account to check if you can send any attachments to other people. Usually what is sent the email is saved on your account and you can re-download it. But most importantly, make sure that this is done from a safe computer and make sure to remove the virus first.
More tips you can find on our forums, where you can also asks any questions about your ransomware problem.