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Third decryption tool for GandCrab ransomware released to public

A new free decryption tool for counteracting the effects of GandCrab ransomware is now available to the public.  This latest decryptor is effective against versions 1, 4 and 5.x up through 5.1, which means GandCrab variants released as recently as October 2018 can now be defeated. The tool is the result of a collaborative effort…
Malware, Ransomware, Security News

Report suggests GandCrab’s developers may have created Sodinokibi ransomware

Evidence is reportedly mounting that the recently discovered ransomware program known as Sodinokibi was created by the same developers who introduced GandCrab ransomware. Last month, GandCrab’s developers publicly disclosed that they were retiring after raking in roughly $2 billion in extortion payments. But this announcement may have been misleading at best, according to security researcher…
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GandCrab ransomware operators put in retirement papers

After operating for about 18 months, the RaaS gang operating under the name GandCrab has announced it has cashed out of the game and has retired. GandCrab’s operators posted a message on a dark web forum indicating the group had made more than $2 billion with its RaaS operation, had laundered the money and was…
Cybercrime, Security News

GandCrab returns with trojans and redundency

The GandCrab ransomware has returned with a new set of trojans in addition to its initial infection. The addition of new tools comes just over a week after at least one threat actor began using a combination the info stealer Vidar with the ransomware to increase their odds of taking something of value away from…
Cryptocurrency, Cybercrime, Malware, Ransomware, Security News, Vulnerabilities

Flaw in Confluence collaboration products exploited to deliver GandCrab, AESDDoS Botnet malware

Malicious actors have been serving up GandCrab ransomware and a variant of AESDDoS Botnet malware by exploiting a recently patched vulnerability in two “Confluence” team collaboration products from Australia-based Atlassian. GandCrab is a malicious encryption program that first emerged in early 2018, while the AESDDoS variant is a more versatile program capable of remote code…
Ransomware, Security News

Pinchy Spider goes big game hunting with GandCrab

Pinchy Spider and its affiliated cybergangs are reacting to attempts to decrypt and defend against their flagship malware GandCrab by altering how the ransomware is deployed and recruiting new members to broaden the gang’s cyberskills. New studies by Crowdstrike and SophosLabs show Pinchy Spider is turning toward a “Big Game Hunting” deployment model where the…
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As GandCrab gang prepares to retire, decryptor for v5.2 of ransomware released

The purportedly final version of GandCrab ransomware can now be neutralized with a new decryption tool, made available to the public. This latest decryptor is effective against versions 1, 4 and 5.x up through 5.2. Version 5.2 is the last iteration created by the prolific ransomware’s developers before they announced on a dark web forum…
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