Play attacks Grupo MH

Date:

July 25, 2023

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Overview

Title

Play attacks Grupo MH

Victim

Grupo MH

Attacker

Play

Location

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona,

Size of Attack

Unknown/TBD

First Reported

July 25, 2023

Last Updated

October 31, 2022

The Play ransomware gang has attacked Grupo MH. Grupo MH is a notable and well-established conglomerate with diverse business interests across several industries.Based on its reputation and widespread operations, the company has gained recognition as a significant player in the market. The group's portfolio encompasses various sectors, including real estate, construction, energy, and tourism. This diversified approach allows Grupo MH to navigate and adapt to changing economic conditions and market trends effectively. Play posted Grupo MH to its data leak site on July 25th, threatening to publish all stolen data by July 29th if the organization fails to comply. Play (aka PlayCrypt) is a RaaS that emerged in the summer of 2022 with high-profile attacks on the City of Oakland, Argentina's Judiciary, and German hotel chain H-Hotels, as well as exfiltrating data from Fedpol and the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS). Play has similarities to Hive and Nokoyawa ransomware. Play often compromises unpatched Fortinet SSL VPN vulnerabilities to gain access. Play has been observed leveraging Process Hacker, GMER, IOBit, and PowerTool to bypass security solutions and PowerShell or command script to disable Windows Defender. Play continued to increase attacks through the end of 2022 and into Q1 of 2023 and is one of the most active groups today. ‍There is little information on how much Play demands a ransom, but they have made good on their threats to leak the data of those who refuse payment. Play is an evolving RaaS platform known to leverage PowerTool to disable antivirus tools and security monitoring solutions and SystemBC RAT for persistence. Play is known to leverage tools like Cobalt Strike for post-compromise lateral movement and SystemBC RAT executables and legitimate tools Plink and AnyDesk to maintain persistence, as well as Mimikatz and living-off-the-land binaries (LOLBins) techniques. Play also abuses AdFind for command-line queries to collect information from a target's Active Directory. Play innovated the intermittent encryption technique for improved evasion capabilities. ‍ Play ransomware gang has mainly focused attacks in Latin America, especially Brazil, but has attacked outside that region. ‍ Play employs tactics similar to Hive and Nokoyawa ransomware and attempts double extortion by first exfiltrating victim data with the threat to post it on their leaks website.

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