CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE STUDI CONTAINERS
ANNO XXXVIII - Numero OTTOBRE 2020
IMO HIT BY CYBERATTACK
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has become the
latest international shipping organisation to be targeted by a
"Become the latest international shipping organisation
to be targeted by a cyberattack, with CMA CGM currently also
working to reinstate its full online capabilities"
It said a number of its web-based services became unavailable on
Wednesday 30 September, including the IMO public website and other
web-based services, although it said the IMO's internal and external
email systems continued to function.
It added: "The interruption of web-based services was
caused by a sophisticated cyber-attack against the organization's IT
sy-stems that overcame robust security measures in place."
It said the IMO headquarters file servers are located in the UK,
with extensive backup systems in Geneva, noting that the backup and
restore system was "regularly tested". Following the
attack, the IMO secretariat shut down key systems to prevent further
damage from the attack.
The IMO said it was working with UN International Computing
Centre (UN ICC) and security experts to restore systems as soon as
possible, to identify the source of the attack, and further en-hance
security systems to prevent recurrence.
Since yesterday, service has been restored to the GISIS
database; IMODOCS; and Virtual Publications. For security reasons,
these systems were not available for a few hours early this morning
but they are now back up and running, the IMO said. It said ser-vice
will be restored to other web-based services as soon as pos-sible
and as safe as possible.
The organisation commented: "The Secretariat takes its
responsi-bilities for cyber risk management and information security
ma-nagement extremely seriously and has acted immediately to address
the cyberattack and to implement measures to ensure the risk of
recurrence is minimised."
The attack comes days after global container shipping group CMA
CGM suffered a cyber attack in which data is believed to have been
CMA CGM said it is working to reinstate its full online booking
capabilities following the cyberattack at the weekend that forced it
to temporarily suspend access to its in-house e-booking sy-stems.
However, the company revealed to Lloyd's Loading List that it
suspects there has been a data breach due to the cybe-rattack.
A spokesperson for the company told Lloyd's Loading List: "The
CMA CGM Group continues to be fully mobilised to resto-re all its
information systems. The back-offices (Shared Services Centres) are
gradually being reconnected to the network thus improving the
booking and documentation processing times.
"We suspect a data breach and are doing everything possible
to assess its potential volume and nature. Our technical teams,
alongside independent experts, are continuing the investigation.
Updates will be provided regularly as the situation evolves."
It was unclear at the time of writing the extent of the
suspected data breach and whether confidential customer information
has been compromised.
The company has previously stressed that its maritime and port
activities "are functioning as per usual", and that all
communica-tions to and from the CMA CGM Group "are secure,
including emails, transmitted files and electronic data interchange
However, it had temporarily suspended all access to its
"eCommerce websites" to protect its customers, and these
are understood to still be unavailable.
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