February 2 – Football Australia is investigating reports that the private information of fans and players has been leaked as part of a possible cybersecurity breach.
A report in a cybersecurity publication says players’ passports, contracts and other personal information may have been leaked online.
The report in Cybernews, which describes itself as an independent, online publication which discloses cybersecurity threats, said Football Australia had enabled access to 127 “digital storage containers”, including one which was left completely unprotected and contained players’ passports and contracts.
It said Football Australia had fixed the issue after being alerted by Cybernews.
“Football Australia is aware of reports of a possible data breach and is investigating the matter as a priority,” a statement by the governing body read.
“Football Australia takes the security of all its stakeholders seriously. We will keep our stakeholders updated as we establish more details.”
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold insisted news of the potential breach hadn’t affected his players or staff in the lead-up to Australia’s critical Asian Cup quarter-final against South Korea later today.
“Obviously we’re aware of it, but it’s no distraction at all,” he told reporters at Thursday’s pre-match media conference. “The FA are on to it and we’re just here to focus on the tournament.”
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