International Criminal Court hit with a cyber attack

Pierluigi Paganini September 20, 2023

A cyberattack hit the International Criminal Court (ICC) disclosed a cyberattack this week, its systems were compromised last week.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) announced that threat actors have breached its systems last week. The experts at the International Criminal Court discovered the intrusion after having detected anomalous activity affecting its information systems.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an intergovernmental organization and a permanent international tribunal established to prosecute individuals for the most serious international crimes, including genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression. It was established by the Rome Statute, which entered into force on July 1, 2002. The ICC is headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands.

The organization immediately activated the incident response plan to mitigate the incident.

“At the end of last week, the International Criminal Court’s services detected anomalous activity affecting its information systems. Immediate measures were adopted to respond to this cyber security incident and to mitigate its impact. Additional response and security measures are now ongoing, with the assistance of the Host Country authorities. As the Court continues to analyse and mitigate the impact of this incident, priority is also being given to ensuring that the core work of the Court continues. The Court is thankful to the Host Country for the excellent cooperation and the immediate response and support provided in relation to this incident. Looking forward, the Court will be building on existing work presently underway to strengthen its cyber security framework, including accelerating its use of cloud technology. In this context, support from States Parties and stakeholders remains critical to further enhance institutional resilience under challenging circumstances. The Court will not be providing further information in relation to this incident at present.” reads the statement published by ICC.

The Court immediately reported the incident to the Dutch authorities and announced additional measures to strengthen its cybersecurity posture.

The ICC has not shared details about the cyber attack, it is unclear if the attackers have stolen information from the organization.

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Pierluigi Paganini

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