Manchester United hack: UK’s cyber security agency assisting the club

The UK’s cyber security agency is assisting Manchester United over a cyber attack earlier this month which has left the football club unable to yet fully restore their computer systems.

The Premier League club confirmed the hacking on November 20 and said it was not “aware of any breach of personal data associated with our fans and customers”.


Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5 – Surrey Now-Leader

Every day of the year there are unofficial (and often weird and entertaining) holidays celebrated by groups and individuals around the world.

And it’s not just one unique thing to celebrate each day. On any given day of the year, there are several to choose from.

There are also weekly and monthly celebrations. In December, for example, folks all over the globe are celebrating Human Rights Month and Tie Month.

Here are some of the unofficial holidays for the coming week:

Sunday, Nov. 29: Chocolates Day, Square Dancing Day, Electronic Greeting Card Day, Throw Out Your Leftovers Day.

Monday, Nov. 30: Computer Security Day, Mousse Day, Cyber Monday.

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Eat a Red Apple Day, Giving Tuesday, Day Without Art Day.

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Fritters Day, National Mutt Day.

Thursday, Dec. 3: Make a Gift Day, Disability Day, Roof Over Your Head Day.

Friday, Dec. 4: Cookie Day, Wear Brown Shoes Day, Bartender Appreciation Day, Cab Franc Day.

Saturday, Dec. 5: International Ninja Day, Bathtub Party Day, World Soil Day.

Check back regularly for upcoming lists of international unofficial holidays.


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Premier League clubs to tighten cyber security methods after Manchester United hack

Premier League clubs are expected to tighten cyber security methods as investigators warn a hack on Manchester United is just the tip of an iceberg.

United are believed to be facing a seven-figure ransom demand over the attack, which has left the club unable to yet fully restore its computer systems. GCHQ cyber security agents have been called in to help.

The National Cyber Security Centre recently published a report showing 70 per cent of major sports organisations are targeted by hackers every 12 months.

Ciaran Martin, a professor at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School, told Telegraph Sport on Friday night how he saw attacks on sporting organisations rise while he was chief executive at the NCSC.

“The risk to sport was on the up, not markedly, but incrementally, because of the realisation by potential attackers of rich sources of data and money that might be available from sporting organisations,” he said. “It’s big business, as we all know.”

Manchester City say it is a “matter of public record” that they have also been repeatedly targeted. In February, an IT worker was arrested amid claims he got players’ personal details and records of confidential transfer talks from Pep Guardiola’s email account. Last week, it also emerged British athletes were among hundreds of female sports stars and celebrities whose personal photographs had been breached in an iCloud attack.

“Sports organisations are at risk from cyber attacks for two reasons,” Martin, one of the leading figures in the UK’s fight against cyber crime, said. Nation-state attacks – such as Russia’s breach against the World Anti-Doping Agency in August 2016 – are high profile, but rare, he explained. “The other, which looks more likely here – although I must stress I don’t know the details because I’m not in Government any more – would appear to be a standard criminal ransom attempt to extort money by encrypting data or otherwise compromising data.”

The Football Association beefed up its security ahead of the World Cup in Russia in 2018, but many Premier League clubs have yet to bring their security levels in line with some other sectors.

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