Cyber-attack & data theft: Our response & service status


Service status

A  sophisticated criminal cyber-attack has had a major impact on the way SEPA works. We are working through all the services that we provide to understand what we need to do in the short and longer term to restore services. We are approaching this work with a sense of urgency.

Service status update: Rainfall and river levels data

What are we able to do now?

  • The rainfall web pages have been re-established. These service will still be subject to intermittent interruptions as we build resilience measures in the background but we will seek to keep these to a minimum.
  • The river levels web pages are also fully functional, including the data download facility.
  • We cannot currently provide historical river, groundwater or rainfall data.

What should you do now?

  • Check weekly service status updates.

Rainfall monitoring

Rainfall monitoring provides valuable information that helps protect Scotland’s environment and the health and safety of its people.

Recording rainfall is crucial to a number of national services, including weather and flood forecasting.

It involves measuring and recording the amount of rainfall at a network of fixed points over a period of time.

In addition to informing us in our day-to-day work in protecting and maintaining our water environment, the information gathered by measuring rainfall over long periods helps us to form a better picture of what is happening to Scotland’s climate and to plan accordingly for the future.