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Pep Guardiola email hacked and valued for sale at £100,000

The hacker boasted about getting access to player info and confidencial transfer dealings, and looked to make a significant gain by selling the messages.

El entrenador español del Manchester City, Pep Guardiola, durante un partido.
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Pep Guardiola's email was hacked and the alleged perpetrator of the crime is said to have attempted to sell the information for £100,000.

Guardiola hacked

A 30-year-old man, described as a 'rogue IT worker', was arrested last week before being released while the investigation into his actions continued. The man claimed that he was able to access and save the Manchester City manager's personal information, including contact numbers of players, and details of confidential transfer discussions.

Apparently, the man was looking to sell the data and specifically asked for 100,000 British pounds in Bitcoins, around 118,000 euros, for it. He boasted to undercover investigators that he had taken screenshots of each incoming and outgoing email of the Spaniard while working as a contractor for the club until 2017, describing it as "the easiest thing" he'd done.

Hacked off | Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola.
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Hacked off | Manchester City's manager Pep Guardiola.Legan P. Mace/SOPA Images via ZU

Sharing some of the screenshots on his mobile phone with the investigators, he admitted to having the rest in a 'safe' place. The hacker also mentioned some specific names including Joe Hart and Vincent Kompany.

Police stated that “A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. The man has been released under investigation. The investigation is ongoing.”


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