IMO becomes latest maritime body to be hit by cyber-attack

IMO becomes latest maritime body to be hit by cyber-attack
The IMO is working with UN IT to restore systems as soon as possible

Update October 5: Following a cyber-attack on September 30 which closed down a number of the International Maritime Organisation (IMO)’s web-based services, access to the IMO’s public website was restored on Friday 2 October. Service was restored to the GISIS database, IMODOCS and Virtual publications on October 1.

The IMO headquarters’ file serves are located in the UK, with extensive systems in Geneva. The backup and restore system is regularly tested.

In a statement, the organisation noted that it “acted immediately to address the cyber attack and to implement measures to ensure the risk of recurrence is minimised”.

A number of the IMO’s web-based services have been unavailable since September 30, 2020 due to a sophisticated cyber-attack against the organisation’s IT systems.

The cyber-attack overcame the security measures in place and IMO IT technicians shut down key systems to prevent further damage form the attack.

Internal and external emails are working as normal and service has been restored to the GISIS database, IMODOCS and virtual publications but the organisation’s public website and internal intranet services remain offline.

The IMO is working with UN IT and security experts in order to restore the systems as soon as possible, to identify the source of the attack and further enhance security systems to prevent recurrence.