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 prevent recurrence.”
Furthermore, the IMO Secretariat has continued to function with some limitations and the Facilitation Committee has continued meeting this week on the external platform.
Earlier this 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.