Manchester United hit by cyber attack bearing 'hallmarks of Russian or Chinese hackers'

HACKERS hit Manchester United in an attack that “bears the hallmarks” of being backed by China or Russia, experts say.

It disrupted the Premier League club’s IT systems ahead of last night’s home clash with West Bromwich Albion.

The club shut down its systems and said no personal data was breached, adding: “We’d rehearsed this eventuality.”

Security expert Neil Doyle said the timing suggests it intended to “cause chaos for the club”.

The author said: “The sophisticated nature of the hack bears the hallmark of a hacking operation backed by Russia or China.

“The fact that it occurred before a scheduled game suggests that the intention was to cause chaos for the club.

“Russia has huge hacking capabilities which are often run at arms length to provide the government with plausible deniability.

“The aim of Russia is to cause chaos and disruption in countries it considers hostile.”

It’s believed Manchester United’s wealth and global popularity could make it a likely target.

According to Forbes, Manchester United were worth £3billion last year, making them the third most valuable football club in the world, behind Real Madrid and Barcelona.

A club statement said: "Manchester United can confirm that the club has experienced a cyber attack on our systems.

“The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimise the ongoing IT disruption.

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