Nearly five months after a crippling cyber attack, the Scottish Government’s environment watchdog is still struggling to process thousands of pollution permits, planning applications and waste licences. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) has not been able receive air and water pollution returns from companies, handle reservoir and other registrations, nor provide information on the past state of Scotland’s rivers. The agency has admitted its systems have been “badly affected” and there “may be a risk” to the environment if it fails to quickly restore services. Sepa’s former boss labelled the attack “disastrous” and warned that Sepa’s reputation had been “dealt a serious blow”. The extensive damage done to Sepa’s digital infrastructure is now under investigation by four different agencies, which are expected to produce initial reports in the next few weeks. It is also coming under scrutiny by the Scottish Government’s spending watchdog, Audit Scotland.
The Ferret 16th May 2021 read more »