Man United hit by cyber attack ahead of Premier League clash with West Brom

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Manchester United was the victim of a “cyber attack”, the club confirmed.

United issued a statement on Friday saying the club had been attacked by “sophisticated cybercriminals” and although there had been disruption, the game against West Brom on Saturday would go ahead.

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A statement issued by the club read: “Manchester United can confirm that the club has suffered a cyber attack on its systems.

“The club took swift action to contain the attack and are currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimize ongoing computer disruption.

“Although this was a sophisticated operation carried out by organized cybercriminals, the club had extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had reiterated this risk.

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

“The club's media channels, including our website and mobile app, are unaffected and we are currently not aware of any personal data breach associated with our fans or customers.

“All of the critical systems needed for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain safe and operational and tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion will continue.”

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