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SolarMarker RAT Spreading Through SEO Poisoning

Updated on 2022-10-03

Digital adversaries behind the SolarMarker malware crippled a global tax consulting firm by camouflaging fake Chrome browser updates as part of watering hole attacks. Read more: SolarMarker Attack Leverages Weak WordPress Sites, Fake Chrome Browser Updates


SolarMarker is a remote access trojan (RAT) that steals data and access credentials. Microsoft says that attackers trying to spread SolarMarker have been using PDF documents loaded with search engine optimization keywords to try to trick users into visiting malicious websites.


  • These documents, which masquerade as legitimate documents users may otherwise be looking for, are hard to have users not open. Even so, users can be made aware of the technique and trained to use caution when a document is prompting them to load more documents for the information requested. Endpoint protections, to include filtering of malicious sites, are key to preventing this sort of attack.
  • Understanding the distribution vector for malicious code may be more useful in resisting it than knowing its capabilities.

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Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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