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Manchester United to host West Brom despite 'sophisticated' cyber attack

Club believe sensitive data was not stolen by hackers

Manchester United are confident of going ahead with Saturday's match against West Brom at Old Trafford despite a "sophisticated" cyber attack.

The club said they are not "currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers".

A club statement read: "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.

"Although this is a sophisticated operation by organised cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this eventuality.

"Our cyber defences identified the attack and shut down affected systems to contain the damage and protect data.

"Club media channels, including our website and app, are unaffected and we are not currently aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers.

"We are confident that all critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and that tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead."

United have informed the Information Commissioner's Office and the club say forensic tracing is being carried out in order to establish more details about the attack.

Updated: November 21, 2020 02:55 PM

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