Manchester United’s transfer plans have reportedly been seized in the cyber attack on the Premier League club.
This includes other highly sensitive information at Old Trafford, the Red devils now fear their entire transfer strategy is in the hands of the hackers.
Targets for the upcoming January transfer window – and several ones after that – could be exposed if the cyber attackers’ demands are not met.
United’s scouting network – including classified stats, reports, videos and ratings on possible transfer targets right around the world – are likely to have been compromised.
A week has now passed since it first emerged that the club’s whole computer system had been brought crashing down by a suspected ransomware.
The hackers are believed to be asking for a huge one off payment from the club – probably in bitcoin currency – in order for them to grant access back onto their network.
A forensic cyber investigation is still on-going but so far Manchester United have refused to confirm if it is a ransomware attack.
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Back on Thursday, a statement from United read: “Following the recent cyber attack on the club, our IT team and external experts secured our networks and have conducted forensic investigations.
“This attack was by nature disruptive, but we are not currently aware of any fan data being compromised.
“Critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remained secure and games have gone ahead as normal.
“The club will not be commenting on speculation regarding who may have been responsible for this attack or the motives behind it.”