The International Maritime Organization (IMO), a fully-fledged United Nations entity, has become the latest high profile shipping victim of a cyber-attack.

The international maritime regulator announced that its website was down due to the attack though the agency said the downtime was due to technical issues but used its social media account to send out the message.

However, reliable sources confirm that the website of the IMO was actually hacked with the body later admitting the fact.

“The interruption of service was caused by a cyber-attack against our IT systems,” the agency tweeted today.

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

The IMO becomes the second big name in shipping to be hit by a cyber-attack this week. French liner giant, CMA CGM, has been battling all week to get its systems back online, having been hit by a Ransomware attack.