(Reuters) – The UN Maritime Organization International Maritime Organization said on Thursday that its website and intranet had been disabled by a sophisticated cyber attack and its IT specialists had shut down key systems to prevent further damage.
This is a crucial time for the IMO, which is responsible for regulating shipping and is currently working to reduce CO2 emissions from the sector, with a virtual session of its Maritime Environmental Protection Committee to take place later this year.
The IMO said that the services had been affected since 30 September, in particular on its website, www.imo.org, and that the London-based body had partnered with UN IT and other security experts to restore services and identify the source of the attack. .
“The outage was caused by a sophisticated cyber attack on the organization's IT system that overcame robust security measures on the ground. IMO IT technicians are shutting down key systems to prevent further damage from the attack, "it said in a statement, adding that it" improved systems to prevent recurrence. "
An IMO spokesman added that its secretariat continued to operate and one of its committee meetings took place this week via an external platform that enabled simultaneous translation.
The spokesman added that internal and external emails continued to function normally and that the organization worked to restore access to public documents.
Earlier this week, France's CMA CGM, one of the world's largest container lines, said it had closed access to its online services after a cyberattack targeted the group's peripheral servers.