The National Records of Scotland Genealogy Service Has Been Closed Until Further Notice Due to a Computer Virus

The public search rooms, at New Register House in Edinburgh, were shut on Wednesday 23 March
It followed the discovery of “ransomware” in an admin file. A spokeswoman said the virus, which can restrict access to files and then demand payment for them to be released, was caught before it could do any damage.

The damage apparently is limited only to the public search rooms, not to any online databases of the records from the National Records of Scotland. Also, the announcement clearly states that the virus “was caught before it could do any damage.”

Details may be found in an article in the BBC web site at

My thanks to newsletter reader Harry Ross for telling me about this article.

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