Wednesday, 30 March 2016

ScotlandsPeople Centre dealing with computer virus

Some major updates from my earlier post on the ScotlandsPeople Centre (see

The Scotsman newspaper story has reported at that the centre has been closed due to a possible attempt to hack into birth, marriage and death information last week from the system. The BBC has run a much more comprehensive story, noting that a ransomware computer virus has in fact shut down the system - see

Quite what the repercussions might be for future access are as yet unknown, but the centre has again announced a further closure tomorrow (Thursday) - see

As previously noted, the online ScotlandsPeople website at is unaffected.

(With thanks to Kirsty Wilkinson via Facebook)


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