Manchester United Hit by 'Sophisticated' Cyber Attack Ahead of Premier League Clash With West Brom

Nov 21, 2020, 1:28 PM GMT+5:30
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Manchester United have been hit by a cyber attack on their systems from 'organised criminals' | Pool/Getty Images

Manchester United have confirmed that the club was a victim of a cyber attack carried out by 'organised criminals' ahead of their weekend's Premier League clash with West Brom.

The club released an official statement on Friday admitting that they were hit by a cyber attack, but claimed that they are not “currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers”.

The statement read: "Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems. The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption."

The statement further read, “Although this is a sophisticated operation by organised cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this eventuality. Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data."

Furthermore, “Club media channels, including our website and app, are unaffected and we are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers. We are confident that all critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and that tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead.”

A spokesman for the club added: “These type of attacks are becoming more and more common and are something you have to rehearse for.”

Manchester United have had a rocky start to life in the Premier League this season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side are 14th on the league table, with just 10 points from seven games. They are yet to win a home game in the league, but have put in some impressive performances in the Champions League with wins against Paris Saint-Germain and RB Leipzig.