What a save! Manchester United hit by cyber attack but good security measures protects fan data

One of the world’s biggest football clubs has been hit by a cyber attack.

But Manchester United say that there extensive security network means that there’s been no breach of personal data about their supporters.

With thousands of season ticket holders, not to mention supporters across the world who may never have set foot in the Old Trafford stadium, Manchester United hold a lot of personal information on supporters.

However, it appears that investment in security has prevented data breaches. If so, this shows the success at investing in cyber security and has saved the club from an embarrassing investigation from data commissioners and potential financial penalties.

“The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is working with expert advisers to investigate the incident,” said a club statement.

The club say “extensive protocols and procedures” are in place for such incidents and they had “rehearsed the risk”.

“Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data,” the statement added.

“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.”

United have informed the Information Commissioner’s Office and forensic tracing is being carried out in a bid to establish further detail about the attack.

On Saturday, a Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: “We are aware and currently investigating a cyber-related incident at Manchester United Football Club.”