IMO hit by cyberattack

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 02 October 2020


The IMO is the second shipping organisation to report a cyber attack this week following on from CMA CGM.

The attack on the IMO left the organisation with no website and also hit its internal intranet.

Yesterday the IMO reported that a number of IMO’s web-based services were still currently unavailable but internal and external emails are working as normal and service had been restored to the GISIS database, IMODOCS and Virtual Publications.

The interruption of service was caused by a sophisticated cyber-attack against theIMO’s IT systems that overcame robust security measures in place. IMO 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.

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