United Nations’ International Maritime Organization Hacked
October 12, 2020
number of IMO’s web-based services became unavailable on Wednesday
30 September. The systems impacted included the IMO public website
and other web-based services.
The email system, including other Internal and external
collaboration platforms, are working as normal. The platform used
for virtual meeting with simultaneous interpretation has been
unaffected and continued to function, without issue, during
Wednesday’s Facilitation Committee (FAL) session and is expected to
continue to function during today’s final FAL session.
interruption of web-based services was caused by a sophisticated
cyber-attack against the Organization’s IT systems that overcame
robust security measures in place.
IMO has ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification for its information
security management system. IMO was the first UN organization to get
this certification in 2015.
The IMO Headquarters file servers are located in the UK, with
extensive backup systems in Geneva. The backup and restore system is
Following the attack the Secretariat shut down key systems to
prevent further damage from the attack.
The Secretariat is working with international 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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