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Ransomware-type IT attacks on computer systems details: FOI release

Published: 25 Jul 2019
Digital Directorate
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Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

25 Jul 2019
Ransomware-type IT attacks on computer systems details: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/19/01738
Date received: 13 Jul 2019
Date responded: 24 Jul 2019
Information requested

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.

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