The Red Devils issued a statement announcing the violation but said the IT security mechanism of the club had put the problem under control.
In a “sophisticated” operation, Manchester United have confirmed the club’s technology networks have been targeted by cybercriminals.
On Friday evening, the Red Devils issued a statement acknowledging the violation but said that the IT security mechanism of the club had brought the matter under control.
Man Utd maintains that the club’s website and app were not hacked during the attack, despite the obvious potential of the hackers, and that no personal data on fans and consumers was accessed.
On Saturday evening, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will host West Brom at Old Trafford with the club receiving guarantees that the cyber attack will have little impact on the status of that match.
The announcement on the club’s official website read, “Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems,”
The club has taken decisive steps to contain the attack and is now working to investigate the incident and minimize the continuing IT damage with specialist advisers.
While this is a complicated activity by organized cyber criminals, for such a case, the club has robust policies and procedures in place and has rehearsed for this risk. The attack was detected by our cyber defences and affected networks were shut down to contain the damage and secure data.
Club media outlets, including our website and app, are untouched and we are not actually aware of any abuse of our fans and customers’ personal details.
All vital systems needed for Old Trafford matches to take place remain healthy and working, and the match against West Bromwich Albion tomorrow will go ahead.
Manchester United had a rocky start to their season in the Premier League and are now in 14th place, eight points behind Leicester City champions, but with a game in hand.
The inconsistency of the Red Devils was illustrated by the disparity between their best and worst results, having endured a 6-1 loss at Old Trafford to Tottenham, while then winning 3-1 away in their most recent match at high-flying Everton.
With strong victories over PSG and RB Leipzig putting the team in the box seat to qualify for the Champions League knockout round, their best results have come in Europe.