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Manchester United still unable to restore computer systems one week after cyber attack

Mark Critchley
·1-min read
Manchester United’s ground Old Trafford (Getty Images)
Manchester United’s ground Old Trafford (Getty Images)

Manchester United staff are still unable to access emails a week on from a "sophisticated" cyber attack on the club's computer systems.

A spokesperson for the UK's cyber security agency, the National Cyber Security Centre, confirmed on Thursday night that they are currently assisting United in attempts to halt the disruption.

"The NCSC is aware of an incident affecting Manchester United Football Club and we are working with the organisation and partners to understand impact," a spokesperson said.

United could face a multi-million pound fine from the Information Commissioner's Office if data relating to fans has been compromised by the attack, though the club do not currently believe this to be the case.

A club statement released on Thursday night read: "Following the recent cyber attack on the club, our IT team and external experts secured our networks and have conducted forensic investigations.

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"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."

United have declined to comment on who was "responsible for this attack or the motives".

After confirming the attack on 20 November, United have since played two home games at Old Trafford against West Bromwich Albion and Istanbul Basaksehir, with Paris Saint-Germain visiting in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

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