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Apr 15, 2021

Thousands of devices infected with the SolarMarket Trojan via malicious websites

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A recent report notes that a hacking group is employing search engine optimization (SEO) tactics to trick users into attracting them to over 100000 legitimate-looking malicious websites through the Google browser.

The goal of this campaign is to install a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) on vulnerable devices, which would allow the deployment of subsequent attacks and infections. The eSentire signature experts detected this campaign, mentioning that malicious web pages appear in browser results when the user searches for terms related to invoices, receipts, questionnaires and resume.

Hackers use search redirection and direct download methods to redirect users to Trojan download sites identified as SolarMarket (also known as Jupyter, Yellow Cockatoo or Polazert). Users who visit a compromised website are infected almost immediately after entering these pages via a malicious PDF file.

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