Manchester United forced to take systems offline following cyberattack

Manchester United forced to take systems offline following cyberattack

Posted November 22, 2020

Manchester United forced to take systems offline following cyberattack

  • U.K. soccer club Manchester United has been forced to take some systems offline following a cyberattack.
  • Manchester United didn’t release details on what the attack involved, but The Sun today quoted an expert as saying the attack bears “hallmarks of Russian or Chinese hackers.” The fact that the attack came before a game is also claimed by the expert to suggest that “the intention was to cause chaos for the club.”
  • Without any details on the attack, suggesting it was Russian or Chinese hackers is pure speculation. It could have been North Korean or Iranians hackers as well. The four countries dominate the list of advanced persistent threat groups.
  • “These are a fast-growing trend in 2020 and organizations such as football clubs are a prime target as their systems hold the details of hundreds of thousands of people including fans, employees, players as well as sensitive business and payment data.”

– Duncan Riley | November 22, 2020