A report by the Premier Player Association claims Premier League computers are not secure enough to handle the current ransomware attack, which has infected more than 500,000 computers worldwide.
The Premier League has been forced to launch a cyber-security team to tackle the virus and is working on plans to improve security measures for all Premier League players.
The report says Premier League owners have already implemented the necessary measures to improve the security of their players’ computers and have been given a roadmap to follow in the future.
The FA is currently working with the Premier Football League, Football Association and Premier League headquarters to develop a system that can be used to scan players’ hard drives, and is also working with banks to provide an additional layer of security for Premier League games.
The association also said it is working with police to investigate the attacks and has been contacted by the National Cybersecurity Centre, which is responsible for defending Premier League and Premier Football Clubs systems.
The PAA said the Premier league’s computers have been infected with the ransomware and that it has already identified two cases of players losing data.
It added that the Premier team has already notified the Premier Club and all players have been told to change passwords immediately and take the appropriate precautions to ensure that they are protected from further attacks.
The attack on the Premier teams’ computers was reported in early May, and the PAA is now urging all Premier league players to change their passwords and to change the default passwords on all their computers.
“We understand that the security measures we have implemented are insufficient to protect players’ data, and we apologise to our Premier League, Premier League clubs and all Premier Players,” said PAA President David Gill.
The Premier team have already notified all Premier players about their new password policy, and are working to ensure players are protected against future ransomware attacks. “
Premier League clubs are also aware that we are aware of this, and our Premier Player Advisory Group is meeting to address this situation.”
The Premier team have already notified all Premier players about their new password policy, and are working to ensure players are protected against future ransomware attacks.
Premier League CEO Greg Dyke has also pledged that the new password guidelines will be implemented across all Premier teams, which will be in place by mid-May.