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Manchester United have been the victims of a cyber attack by hackers who threaten leak of sensitive data

A report by Daily Mail (h/t Daily Star) claims that Manchester United are being held to ransom for millions by hackers just weeks after being attacked by the cybercriminals.

United have been attacked by a sophisticated hacking method and have sought the help of cybersecurity experts to deal with the threat. However, it is still being reported by the Daily Mail that the cybercriminals have United in their grip and are asking for millions in ransom. (h/t Daily Star)

The problem is worsened by the fact that their system has been hacked by ransomware. United face the risk of having sensitive data leaked if they refuse to pay up the millions being asked for as ransom.

Manchester United have asked for the help of  National Cyber Security Centre to help them see out this cyberattack. (GETTY Images)
Manchester United have asked for the help of National Cyber Security Centre. (GETTY Images)

Manchester United released an official statement regarding the incident and assured fans that their data has not been compromised and the information critical to matchdays is secure.

“Following the recent cyber attack on the club, our IT team and external experts secured our networks and have conducted forensic investigations. This attack was by nature disruptive, but we are not currently aware of any fan data being compromised. Critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remained secure and games have gone ahead as normal. The club will not be commenting on speculation regarding who may have been responsible for this attack or the motives behind it.”

Manchester United have also sought the help of the National Cyber Security Centre, who confirmed that they are helping the Manchester club during this cybersecurity crisis by releasing a statement.

“The NCSC is aware of an incident affecting Manchester United Football Club and we are working with the organisation and partners to understand impact.”

Manchester United have assured the fans that their personal data is safe as of now. (GETTY Images)
Manchester United have assured the fans that their personal data is safe as of now. (GETTY Images)

The identity of the hackers is unknown, but an English Football League (EFL) club was hit with a £5million ransom demand in a cyberattack last year. (h/t Daily Star)

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