Manchester United hit by cyber attack on its systems

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Manchester United have been hit by a cyber attack on their systems, but say they are “not currently aware of any personal data breach associated with our fans and customers”.

The Red Devils confirmed the hack on Friday night, but said they were convinced Saturday’s Premier League game against West Brom at Old Trafford would go ahead.

A club statement read: “Manchester United can confirm that the club has suffered a cyber attack on our systems.

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“The club took swift action to contain the attack and are currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimize ongoing computer disruption.

“Although this was a sophisticated operation carried out by organized cybercriminals, the club had extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had reiterated this possibility.

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

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“The club’s media channels, including our website and app, are unaffected and we are currently not aware of any personal data breach associated with our fans and customers.

“We are confident that all critical systems needed for matches at Old Trafford remain safe and operational and that tomorrow’s match against West Bromwich Albion will continue.”

A United spokesperson added: “These types of attacks are becoming more and more common and it bears repeating.”

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United have informed the Information Commissioner’s office, if applicable, and the club said forensic research is underway in an attempt to establish more details of the attack.

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