Man United see off hackers two weeks after ransomware attack on club’s security systems

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Manchester United are free from the threat of hackers, weeks after the club's cyber systems were targeted by ransomware. (GETTY Images)
Manchester United are free from the threat of hackers, weeks after the club's cyber systems were targeted by ransomware. (GETTY Images)

Manchester United have fended off hackers two weeks after news of the cybersecurity attack broke

The Daily Mail claims that Manchester United are no longer being held to ransom by cyber-criminals, two weeks after the club’s security systems were targeted by the hackers.

There were growing fears that sensitive club data had been stolen by the hackers or had been encrypted so that the club could not access it. (h/t Daily Mail)

The club’s network systems were targeted for the first time around a month back, and the ransomware is believed to have originated from an e-mail phishing scam. (h/t Daily Mail)

Manchester United were targeted by the hackers in a cyberattack almost a month ago. (GETTY Images)
Manchester United were targeted by hackers in a cyber attack almost a month ago. (GETTY Images)

The news has been greeted with much relief at Old Trafford where the employees were told not to access their E-mails and some IT systems were disabled by the breach. (h/t Daily Mail)

Many employees resumed their online jobs on Friday, with the others believed to follow suit in the coming days as the club aims to resume ‘business as usual’ as soon as they possibly can. (h/t Daily Mail)

United had alerted the Police at the time of the attack and took the help of the National Cyber Security Centre in order to deal with the online attack. (h/t Daily Mail)

It was increasingly being believed that the hackers had access to data of the supporters, players, club’s transfer plans, or the vital information required to make matchdays go ahead. (h/t Daily Mail)

Manchester United have kept assuring their fans that their data is safe with the club. (GETTY Images)
Manchester United have kept assuring their fans that their data is safe with the club. (GETTY Images)

The club insiders maintained that the Red Devils were always in command of the situation and the only reason it took them this long to repeal the threat was that the club wanted to ensure the maximum possible safety of their information systems.

The episode, however, has been embarrassing for the 20-time English top-flight champions as they are being investigated by the Information Commissioner’s office for breach of supporters’ data. (h/t Daily Mail)

If the club is found guilty, the Red Devils may have to fork out a fine in the region of £18m.

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