Champions League final under threat from Russian cyber attackers

The Champions League final could be targeted by Russian cyber attackers, Ukrainian officials have warned.

Liverpool face off against Real Madrid in Kiev on Saturday night in a game which will be watched by millions around the globe.

But Ukrainian security services claim that an attack on the event could be in the works following the infiltration of hardware on the eastern European country.

A statement said: “Security Service experts believe that the infection of hardware on the territory of Ukraine is preparation for another act of cyber-aggression by the Russian Federation, aimed at destabilising the situation during the Champions League final.”

As the warning was circulated by Ukrainian officials, Cisco Systems announced that there had been a significant malware attack on Talos, the security arm of the computer networking firm.

It is believed that over 500,000 routers could be affected by the attack on Talos.

While they don’t mention Russia in their statement, Cisco do claim that it was performed by sophisticated state-developed malware.

The United Kingdom is one of the countries affected by the attack, but Cisco believe it is a targeted attack on Ukraine.

It is believed that the malware, called VPNFilter by Cisco, could be used to destroy the devices it has infected, or also for espinonage.

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