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Cyber criminals attack Manchester United in a ‘sophisticated’ operation

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The Red Devils confirmed in a statement that a breach had been found, but insisted their defense system ensured the damage was contained.

Manchester United announced ‘a cyber attack’ was launched against their systems in what they described as a ‘sophisticated operation’.

The 20-time English champions released a statement on Friday to confirm the attack. They did, however, assured their defense system had contained the damage and protected private data.

The club website and app also suffered no breaches during the attack itself, meaning any data on fans or customers haven’t been breached to United’s knowledge.

“Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems,” read a statement on the club’s website.

“The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimize the ongoing IT disruption.

“Although this is a sophisticated operation by organized cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this risk.

“Our cyber defenses identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data.

“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.

“All critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and tomorrow’s game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead.”

United’s Premier League game against West Brom will start at 21:00 on Saturday night.