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.