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Players' managers looking to lift salaries by a couple of million pounds or so better check their email read receipts: a full week after Manchester United was hit by hackers, many of its systems remain offline, with at least one report claiming the club is being shaken down for ransom. The malware hit the New York Stock …

  1. deive

    anonymous "cyber security expert"

    It's cummings... and I claim my free eye sight test!?!

    1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: anonymous "cyber security expert"

      That "joke" has been so overdone that you can't even be bothered to capitalise it anymore.

      1. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

        Re: That "joke" has been so overdone that you can't even be bothered to capitalise it anymore.

        Maybe deive is referring to e e cummings.

  2. chivo243 Silver badge

    managing expectations?

    currently aware of any fan data being compromised... seems fans are treated like users at some internet giants.

  3. Scott Broukell

    Well I cetainly hope there are some suitable penalties for any culprit(s) if/when found.

    <Mines the one in the corner>

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      They'll need to check /var first!

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Just checked it. Penalty and if they miss they get to take it again.

      2. Flywheel

        Looks like they took their eye off the ball :(

    2. Michael Hoffmann Silver badge

      You deserve to be sidelined for that!

    3. hayzoos

      They seem to be on injury timeout.

  4. Anonymous Coward

    They've tried to save money during lockdown by getting the players to do all the IT support.

    1. Falmari Silver badge

      False economy

      That was just false economy. The sort of error I would expect from a rookie manager.

      As I pointed out in a previous post to the earlier article on this incident. United's defence are notoriously weak to the set piece.

    2. CrazyOldCatMan Silver badge

      by getting the players to do all the IT support

      But they couldn't find the "any" key..

  5. Peter Clarke 1

    Cliche Fest

    We're Sick as a Parrot that our defence let in such an easy goal. We'll all be giving 110% to get back in the game. I'm sure everyone will be over the moon when the final whistle blows.


    We take security seriously blah, blah, blah.......

    1. Anonymous Coward

      Re: Cliche Fest

      New competition for El Reg readers: Spot The Ballsup

      Simply mark with an X where you think the exact centre of the ballsup was.

      (Answers in next week's paper where you won't believe how on earth our panel of independent investigators came to such a wildly different, yet management exonerating, conclusion.)

  6. MrMerrymaker

    They're suining Football Manager

    For millions and millions. No other English clubs are.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: They're suining Football Manager

      I assume they must be suing over naming rights etc. If so it may end up like various raving simulators over the years which didn't have FIA or F1 rights so had to give all the drivers and teams soundalike names etc (knowing that inevitably a couple of days after release people would start circulating patches that corrected them). If so I suggest that FM should replace them by a ficticious "Salford United" team"!

      1. tin 2

        Re: They're suining Football Manager

        I'm not following why a Raving simulator needs rights from the FIA....

      2. Anonymous Coward

        Re: They're suining Football Manager

        Perhaps replacing the name with "Newton Heath United" might be more appropriate

      3. Dabooka

        Re: They're suining Football Manager

        Which is exactly what the likes of PES do.

        I'd be amazed if an outfit behind the FM series used the names without having the correct permissions in place though, it's got to be around a technicality of their use surely?

        1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

          Re: They're suining Football Manager

          From what I read recently about a different case, players naming rights are sold collectively by the national leagues.

          Of the major leagues, only Italy doesn't collectivise these rights.

          I assume it is the same with club naming rights too - the only club currently in the FIFA game that uses an alias is Juventus ( called something along the lines of Piezante Calcio, which apparently means something like the foothills of the mountains - where Juventus are based ).

  7. Winkypop Silver badge

    Maybe Fred the Red has gone over to the dark side

    A devil’s gotta think about his retirement one day...

  8. Danny 2

    Here all week

    I would like to resubmit my original jokey comment for reappraisal. It's dry, but failing that I'll start releasing personal information about myself.

  9. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    They will find their data... the back of the net.

  10. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    Just another pitch

    Clearly the data is now offside

  11. six_tymes

    I see so many stories like this, even large companies get attacked. what is odd, there are so many tools out there for free to circumvent the encryption, do these companies not know about the free tools, or do the tools not work?

    1. gumbril

      Some free tools work, depends on the nature of the attack and the like. Done properly the encryption is pretty much unbreakable in next x billion years. Where it's not done properly, or somehow the bad actors have been infiltrated, then yes, it maybe possible.

      Of course, some decent capabilities in place before hand to be able to quickly restore everything, would have been a better answer.

  12. Michael Hoffmann Silver badge

    Has anyone asked...

    ... Jürgen Klopp where he was during the times the attack supposedly happened?

    1. Disgusted Of Tunbridge Wells Silver badge

      Re: Has anyone asked...

      My first thought was "it was scousers".

      My second thought was that in Liverpool it's still 1964 and the Beatles are still top of the charts.

  13. IGotOut Silver badge

    Many would argue...

    ...that parents are held to ransom every year over the disgusting prices of replica kit.

  14. This is not a drill

    Firstly I would check that the following accounts were disabled:-

    Secondly monitor any IP traffic coming from N17 postcode area.

  15. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Remains offline?

    It's not hard to set up a mail server, windblows or linux. While they "fix" the current one, a new, temp one is trivial to set up. Who the hell are outsourcing their IT to? Crapita?

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