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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
To request information on instances of ransomware-type IT attacks on computer systems, namely:
a. To request how many such attacks have been experienced in each of the last three years.
b. To request how many occasions have resulted in payments being made (eg ransom payments).
c. To request details on how much has been paid in each case where a payment was made.
The answer to your questions are:
a. One partial attack in 2016 which was detected and contained. b. On no occasion has a payment been made. c. No payment has been made.
The Scottish Government is committed to publishing all information released in response to Freedom of Information requests. View all FOI responses at http://www.gov.scot/foi-responses.
Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House