Computers that were compromised in a cyberattack on Scotland’s environmental watchdog are likely to be crippled for up to six months, and there is growing concern that highly sensitive data may have been stolen. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) was hit by an attack “involving complex and sophisticated criminality” on Christmas Eve, according to Terry A’Hearn, its chief executive. After three weeks, communications at the government-funded agency, which investigates the pollution of land, water and air, are still inaccessible. It is believed that Sepa was subjected to a ransomware attack, where IT systems and data are seized by hackers who often demand money and threaten to publish sensitive information.
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