Media Releases : 2021

SEPA tackling emerging threat of abandoned waste trailers

  22 February 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency is warning of a new trend in waste crime after two abandoned trailers full of waste appeared in the central belt in recent weeks. Investigations are being undertaken by SEPA to establish the source of the trailers which could lead to the prosecution of those responsible.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) continues weekly service status updates following cyber-attack

  12 February 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the third in a series of weekly service status updates in response to the Christmas Eve cyber-attack which continues to significantly impact the agency’s internal systems and services.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) publishes weekly cyber-attack service status update

  28 January 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) has published the first in a series of weekly service status updates in response to the Christmas Eve cyber-attack which continues to significantly impact the agency’s internal systems and services.  Read the full media release

SEPA Cyber-Attack: Data theft, service delivery and recovery update

  21 January 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (21 January 2021) provided a further update on the ongoing ransomware cyber-attack which has significantly impacted the organisation since Christmas Eve.  The organisation reiterated that it will not engage with criminals intent on disrupting public services and extorting public funds.  Read the full media release

Scottish Environment Protection Agency confirms ongoing ransomware attack likely to be by international serious and organised cyber-crime groups as 1.2 GB of data theft confirmed

  14 January 2021
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) today (14 January 2021) confirmed it was continuing to respond to an ongoing ransomware attack likely to be by international serious and organised cyber-crime groups. The agency also confirmed the theft of 1.2 GB of data and the support available to staff and affected partners, whilst reassuring the public that priority regulatory, monitoring, flood forecasting and warning services are adapting and continuing to operate.  Read the full media release

SEPA Cyber-Attack: Update

  07 January 2021
On Christmas Eve, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) confirmed that it was responding to a significant cyber attack involving complex and sophisticated criminality.  We confirmed the attack was affecting our contact centre, internal systems, processes and internal communications.  Read the full media release