Access denied: SEPA's battle to restore operations in the aftermath of a crippling cyber-attack

It could take the Scottish Environment Protection Agency two years to fully recover from a cyber-attack that locked it out of most of its data and systems, according to the regulator. While a backlog of permit applications is building up, SEPA's boss says key activities are still being carried out

by David Burrows
A cyber-attack on Christmas Eve stole 4,000 files and locked SEPA out of most of its data and systems. Photograph: Getty Images
A cyber-attack on Christmas Eve stole 4,000 files and locked SEPA out of most of its data and systems. Photograph: Getty Images

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