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GandCrab ransomware distributed by RIG and GrandSoft exploit kits | Advanced Mobile Spy Software
This post was authored by Vasilios Hioueras and Jérôme Segura Late last week saw the appearance of a new ransomware called GandCrab. Surprisingly, it is distributed via two exploit kits: RIG EK and GrandSoft EK. Why is this surprising? Other than Magnitude EK, which is known to consistently push the Magniber ransomware, other exploit kits have this year mostly dropped other payloads, such as Ramnit or SmokeLoader, typically followed by RATs and coin miners. Despite a bit of a slowdown in ransomware growth towards the last quarter of 2017, it remains a tried and tested business that guarantees threat actors a substantial source of revenue. Distribution GandCrab was first spotted on Jan 26 and later identified in exploit kit campaigns. RIG exploit kit The well-documented Seamless gate appears to have diversified itself as of late with distinct threads pushing a specific payload. While Seamless is notorious for having switched to International Domain Names (IDNs) containing characters