Threats Sent to Football Clubs

David Kemp

It appears that there is not a single sphere of people’s life where scammers and fraudsters would not be trying to deceive the community and steal either money or personal information. Thousands of individuals suffer from hackers and their attacks. More than that, the measures that the most modern security companies can provide sometimes fail to protect us from such cases.

Also, officials find out about these instances after they occur while their prevention seems to be impossible due to the fact that victims do not always realize who they are dealing with. As a rule, cybercriminals know psychological tricks and apply their special tactics to mislead the nation and make the majority of their victims believe that what they are committing is no crime at all.

According to the latest reports, one of the English football clubs has been attacked by a group of hackers. Now we know that it was a ransomware attack targeting at several million USD. Luckily, the UK club addresses cybersecurity authorities and warned about the threats they receive from ransomware and added that what the criminals do can affect the entire sports sector.

Specialists announce that the security center released news on Thursday disclosing an expanding trend in this kind of attack against several industries, including the sports sector. They reminded agencies about a recent event when criminals demanded that the league (EFL) pay several million U.S. dollars in cryptocurrency.

As the papers report, the mentioned sports association became thetarget for the hackers who managed to damage the club’s security systems. Attackers requested huge amounts of money equal to four hundred BTC, which is more than three million USD. The club did not agree to their conditions and that led to a loss of important data and information.

Losses and Damage That Attacks Bring

Numerous studies and research reveal that the attack could have brought even more serious damage. They note that that the officials could not utilize their corporate emails. Moreover, the telecommunication systems of the stadium as well as other elements were non-operational due to the hacker’s activities.

Professionals say there is no public source of information on the hacking vector that permitted the attackers to enter the system. One of the possible ways is that a virus email was sent to initiate the crime. At the same time, the criminals could have gained access to the systems through the CCTV sector. Later on, the UK authorities revealed that the attack did damage worth a few hundred thousand GBP.

Many studies and research prove that approximately forty percent of the cybercrime committed against the sports sector across Great Britain involves malware while almost twenty-five percent of such cases involve ransomware. These instances have been bothering the sports community for the past two years.

As a rule, cybercriminals choose to attack sports entities that are considered high-value. Unfortunately, data shows that ransomware attacks have increased by two hundred percent since 2018. Criminals turn to the darknet to obtain the software that they need to carry out these attacks.

Crypto-jacking is a widely employed method in which hackers use special devices to mine cryptocurrencies. This ransomware approach is now being used in Singapore even more actively than before. The percentage of such events has spiked by three hundred percent.

Bigger organizations have always been of great interest to individuals willing to steal funds and private information. Prevention of such cases is possible and is quite effective if the right measures are taken in due time.