Around 4,000 files have been stolen and released on the web as a result of the ransomware attack on the S.E.P.A. Cyber criminals are currently demanding a ransom to access some additional files that have been locked as a result of the attack. However, S.E.P.A has stated it will “not engage with the criminals”.
On Christmas Eve, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency experienced a ransomware attack that left them with 4,000 leaked files and a demand for a ransom to release locked files.
While the full extent of the damage is still unknown, SEPA officials have stated that they will not engage the cybercriminals and will not use public funds to payout the demands of the criminals.
SEPA protects the Scottish environment and provides the public with updates about any weather or environmentally related issues. As such, some of the files that were leaked included site permits, authorizations, and enforcement notices. While this information is already available to the public, the leak also included personal information of the SEPA staff.
Cyber criminals are becoming braver and attacking harder, faster and more creatively than ever before. Attacks on government agencies are also becoming increasingly more prevalent and the attacks don’t appear to be slowing down any time soon. Increased protection against cyber criminals is no longer a recommendation, it's a necessity.
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