Hunters International attacks Robertson Cheatham Farmers

Incident Date:

April 10, 2024

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Hunters International attacks Robertson Cheatham Farmers


Robertson Cheatham Farmers


Hunters International


Springfield, USA

Tennessee, USA

First Reported

April 10, 2024

Hunters International Ransomware Gang Attacks

Hunters International ransomware gang has attacked Robertson Cheatham Farmers, although no other information is available. Robertson Cheatham Farmers Cooperative was incorporated as Robertson Farmers Cooperative in 1948, acquiring Cheatham Farmers Cooperative in 1970. It currently has 771 members and operates in four locations — the main store in Springfield and branches in Ashland City, Milldale, and Sadlersville. In addition to agricultural inputs and equipment, it offers a wide variety of rural living products like home gardening and lawn care, pest control, equine, pet, and wild bird supplies, outdoor apparel, fencing, and much more.

About Hunters International

Hunters International, a Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) group, emerged in Q3 of 2023 after the discovery of source code bearing resemblances to the infamous Hive ransomware strain. In October 2023, a security researcher's analysis of the ransomware used by Hunters revealed significant code overlaps with Hive ransomware. Subsequent analysis by Bitdefender came to the same findings, leading researchers to conclude that Hive operators have handed off their malicious tool to another threat actor. Despite this, Hunters International has denied any ties to the Hive operation.

Modus Operandi

Intelligence suggests that Hunters International ransomware primarily aims to exfiltrate target data and extort victims with ransom demands for its return. One reported incident involved a plastic surgery clinic in the US, where approximately 248,000 files, including patient names and addresses, were exfiltrated. The ransomware encrypts files with the ".LOCKED" extension and leaves "Contact Us.txt" files in directories, instructing victims on how to initiate negotiation on the dark web. Successful exploitation by Hunters International typically results in significant data exfiltration prior to issuing a ransom demand, often tailored to the perceived value of the compromised organization.

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