The Royal Mail has suffered \u201csevere disruption\u201d to some of its services after experiencing a cyber incident. In a statement, the company \u2013 which provides mail collection and delivery services throughout the UK \u2013 announced that it was temporarily unable to despatch items including letters and parcels to overseas destinations due to unspecified cyber disruption. The UK National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said it is aware of the incident affecting Royal Mail Group Ltd and is that it is working with the company and the National Crime Agency to fully understand the impact.Customers urged to stop submitting export items, import operations face minor delaysRoyal Mail urged customers to temporarily stop submitting export items into the network as it works to resolve the issue. \u201cSome customers may experience delay or disruption to items already shipped for export,\u201d the company stated. \u201cOur import operations continue to perform a full service with some minor delays. Our teams are working around the clock to resolve this disruption and we will update customers as soon as we have more information.\u201dThe Royal said that it immediately launched an investigation into the incident and is working with external experts to assess it further. \u201cWe have reported the incident to our regulators and the relevant security authorities. We would like to sincerely apologise to impacted customers for any disruption this incident may be causing.\u201dCSO will follow this story and publish updates as more information becomes available.Update: January 13, 2022: Cyber incident linked to Russian ransomware attackOn January 12, a report from the BBC claimed that the \u201ccyber incident\u201d the Royal Mail suffered was a ransomware attack linked to Russian criminals. \u201cThe ransomware used in the attack is \u201cLockbit\u201d, according to a source close to the investigation,\u201d the BBC wrote. The BBC also claimed to have seen a ransom note sent by the criminals to Royal Mail which read \u201cYour data are stolen and encrypted.\u201dA Royal Mail spokesman declined to comment on whether the attack was ransomware, but repeated warnings to customers that there is no end in sight to delivery disruption.