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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10969: Monica Lennon (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether the malware incident that reportedly affected NHS Lanarkshire on 25 August 2017 was the result of a new or known threat.

Answered by: Shona Robison 14 September 2017

The malware incident that affected NHS Lanarkshire on 25 August 2017 has been identified as a new variant of Bitpaymer ransomware. This malware incident is considered a zero day attack in that the new variant was released on the same day the actual attack takes place so no anti-virus software is available to protect against the attack.