International Maritime Organization (IMO) has been hit by
a cyber attack that has taken out a number of its web-based services.
Since 30 September 2020, the
issue has been affecting IMO’s public website and internal intranet services.
“The interruption of service was caused by a
sophisticated cyber-attack against the Organization’s IT systems that overcame
robust security measures in place,” the IMO said,
adding that the organization’s IT technicians shut down key systems to prevent
further damage from the attack.
“The IMO is working
with UN IT and security experts to restore systems as soon as possible, to
identify the source of the attack, and further enhance security systems to
internal and external emails are working as normal while service has been
restored to the GISIS database, IMODOCS and Virtual Publications.
Furthermore, the IMO
Secretariat has continued to function with some limitations and the
Facilitation Committee has continued meeting this week on the external
Earlier this week, CMA CGM also confirmed a cyber attack
week, French container shipping giant CMA CGM also confirmed a cyber attack
impacting the company’s peripheral servers. CMA CGM thus became the fourth
major shipping company to experience a cyber attack, after Swiss Mediterranean
Shipping Company (MSC), China’s COSCO Shipping and Danish Maersk.