ZURICH: World football federation FIFA has confirmed reports that its computer systems were hacked earlier this year ahead of expected further revelations later this week about life within the world football federation writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Local media reports suggested that the latest hack, last spring, was not linked to the hacking attack by the Russian operative Fancy Bears which infiltrated files about anti-doping operations.
A consortium of European media organizations are understood to be ready to publish later this week a series of stories based on internal documents obtained by Football Leaks.
FIFA issued a condemnatory statement, saying: “FIFA condemns any attempts to compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of data in any organization using unlawful practices.
“FIFA takes all necessary measures to adequately respond to security incidents as well as to continuously improve the security of its IT environment.”
President Gianni Infantino is currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, for a congress of the Asian Football Confederation.
Earlier this week, he told media in Kigali, Rwanda, after a FIFA Council meeting: ““My job entails having discussions, having conversations, exchanging documents, drafts, ideas, whatever, on many, many, many, many, topics.
“If I just have to stay in my room and not speak to anyone and cannot do anything, how can I do my job properly? So if then this is being portrayed as something bad, I think there’s not much I can do more than my job in an honest way, in a professional way and trying to defend the interests of football.”