Alert - People's Republic of China state-sponsored cyber actor living off the land to evade detection - Joint cybersecurity advisory

Number: AL23-005
Date: May 24, 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 24, 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) providing an overview of activity by a People’s Republic of China state-sponsored cyber actor. Footnote 1

The Cyber Centre is highlighting the advisory as it provides detection and mitigation recommendations for system owners and operators to better protect themselves from this cyber actor.

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

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