Ransomware raid

Cyber criminals publish stolen Sepa files online

About 4,000 files have been stolen

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency said the criminals behind the ransomware cyber-attack on Christmas Eve had published some of the data online.

About 1.2 GB of data equivalent to a fraction of the contents of an average laptop hard drive has been accessed. However, it means that at least 4,000 files may have been stolen.  

“Supported by Scottish Government, Police Scotland and the National Cyber Security Centre, we continue to respond to what remains a significant and sophisticated cyber-attack and a serious crime against SEPA,” said SEPA Chief Executive, Terry A’Hearn. 

“We’ve been clear that we won’t use public finance to pay serious and organised criminals intent on disrupting public services and extorting public funds.”

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