Alert - Hunting Russian intelligence “Snake” malware - Joint cybersecurity advisory

Number: AL23-004
Date: May 9, 2023


This Alert is intended for IT professionals and managers of notified organizations.


An Alert is used to raise awareness of a recently identified cyber threat that may impact cyber information assets, and to provide additional detection and mitigation advice to recipients. The Canadian Centre for Cyber Security ("Cyber Centre") is also available to provide additional assistance regarding the content of this Alert to recipients as requested.


On May 9, 2023, the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security joined cyber security partners from US agencies, the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), New Zealand’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-NZ) and the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC-UK) to publish a joint Cybersecurity advisory (CSA) on a cyber espionage tool named Snake. The advisory was published to raise awareness that Snake has been used globally by a malicious cyber actor with infrastructure being identified in over 50 countries across North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The purpose of Snake was to collect sensitive intelligence from high-priority targets such as government networks, research facilities and journalists.

The Cyber Centre is highlighting the advisory, as it provides important prevention, detection and mitigation advice to system owners and operators responsible for defending their systems and networks from cyber threats.

Should activity matching the content of this alert be discovered, recipients are encouraged to report via the My Cyber Portal, or email


Hunting Russian Intelligence “Snake” Malware

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