Manchester United targeted by 'sophisticated' cyberattack
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Manchester United announced Friday that they were targeted by a "sophisticated" cyberattack but confirmed it hasn't affected their systems for Saturday's match against West Bromwich Albion at Old Trafford.

"The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is currently working with expert advisers to investigate the incident and minimize the ongoing IT disruption," a statement from the Premier League club reads.

"Although this is a sophisticated operation by organized cyber criminals, the club has extensive protocols and procedures in place for such an event and had rehearsed for this risk. Our cyber defenses 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. All critical systems required for matches to take place at Old Trafford remain secure and operational and tomorrow's game against West Bromwich Albion will go ahead."

A club spokesperson said such attacks are commonplace and forensic tracing is underway to try and determine who is responsible for the incident, according to the Press Association.

Manchester United targeted by 'sophisticated' cyberattack
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