The International Criminal Court (ICC) has been hit by a cybersecurity incident involving what it described as “anomalous activity” affecting its IT systems. The ICC, responsible for investigating war crimes and crimes against humanity, did not disclose specific details about the incident but emphasized its commitment to ensuring the continuation of its work.
Immediate measures were taken to respond to the incident and mitigate its impact. This development follows previous instances of international espionage targeting the ICC, including an attempt by a Russian spy posing as a Brazilian intern.
Furthermore, the Netherlands had thwarted the infiltration attempt by Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, the Russian spy, who could have potentially accessed sensitive intelligence related to the ICC’s investigation into war crimes in Ukraine or influenced criminal proceedings.
Additionally, the ICC has been actively probing war crimes and crimes against humanity in Ukraine, resulting in an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin over alleged child deportations. In response, Russian authorities placed ICC prosecutor Karim Khan on a “wanted” list. The incident highlights the ongoing challenges of cybersecurity in the context of international legal proceedings and investigations.
ICC prosecutor Karim Khan is scheduled to discuss “combating cyber operations in warfare” during a session at the UN General Assembly, further emphasizing the importance of addressing cyber threats in international contexts.