Hive Ransomware Resurfaces as Hunters International, Researchers Claim
Bitdefender researchers and the cybersecurity community suspect that a group called Hunters International may be a revival or successor to the infamous Hive Ransomware group. Hive was dismantled earlier this year, but there were no arrests made, leading to speculation that the group has reemerged under a new name. Code overlaps and similarities between the two groups have been found, suggesting a connection. However, Hunters International claims to be an independent entity that acquired and improved upon Hive's infrastructure and source code. They focus on data exfiltration rather than encryption and primarily target victims in the US, UK, Germany, and Namibia. They offer Ransomware-as-a-Service using Rust language ransomware and have a unique approach to encryption. It is important to have international cooperation and strong cybersecurity measures to combat evolving ransomware threats.