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PINCHY SPIDER Adopts “Big Game Hunting” to Distribute GandCrab

PINCHY SPIDER Adopts “Big Game Hunting” to Distribute GandCrab (Malware and Vulnerabilities)

CrowdStrike® Intelligence has recently observed PINCHY SPIDER affiliates deploying GandCrab ransomware in enterprise environments, using lateral movement techniques and tooling commonly associated with nation-state adversary groups and penetration testing teams. This change in tactics makes PINCHY SPIDER and its affiliates the latest eCrime adversaries to join the growing trend of targeted, low-volume/high-return ransomware deployments known as “big game hunting.” PINCHY SPIDER is the criminal group behind the development of the ransomware most commonly known as GandCrab, which has been active since January 2018. PINCHY SPIDER Advertises for Affiliates PINCHY SPIDER has continued to promote the success of its ransomware in criminal forum posts, often boasting about public reporting of GandCrab incidents. PINCHY SPIDER Advertisement for Affiliates GandCrab Identified by CrowdStrike Intel CrowdStrike Intelligence first identified new GandCrab ransomware deployment tactics in mid-February, when a threat actor was observed performing actions on a victim host in order to install GandCrab.

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