30-year old “Computer Genius” arrested in Football Club Hack

2019, Breaches, January

Who: Football Clubs

No. of Accounts Breached: 70 million documents

What was affected: Private documents were hacked that included details about a number of players’ contracts and clubs’ plans and conversations.

How it happened: Hacker used a string of hacking techniques to gather and leak the information and then demanded money in exchange for not going public with the documents

Outcome: The detained man described as a “computer genius” is linked to the Football Leaks whistleblower website and is suspected of a number of other crimes including qualified extortion and violation of secrecy.

Other resources: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-46899878