In­fantino ex­pects re­lease of info from cy­ber­at­tack on FIFA

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LON­DON — FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino is braced for a re­lease of pri­vate in­for­ma­tion gained by hack­ers af­ter world soc­cer’s govern­ing body said its com­puter net­work was sub­ject to an­other cy­ber­at­tack.

The dis­clo­sure comes in the same month the U.S. De­part­ment of Jus­tice and the FBI said Rus­sia’s mil­i­tary in­tel­li­gence body was re­spon­si­ble for a hack on FIFA in 2016, which led to ev­i­dence from anti-dop­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tions and lab re­sults be­ing pub­lished.

FIFA did not pro­vide de­tails about the data gained in the lat­est at­tack this year on e-mail sys­tems, but it has been con­tacted by me­dia out­lets about in­ter­nal in­for­ma­tion con­tained in pri­vate ex­changes.

“The ques­tions we re­ceived, we an­swered,” FIFA Pres­i­dent Gianni In­fantino said when asked about what could be re­leased. “My job en­tails hav­ing dis­cus­sions, hav­ing con­ver­sa­tions, ex­chang­ing doc­u­ments, drafts, ideas, what­ever, on many, many, many, many, top­ics. Oth­er­wise you don’t go any­where.

“I mean, 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.”

Be­fore be­ing elected FIFA pres­i­dent in 2016, In­fantino was gen­eral sec­re­tary at UEFA, over­see­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of Euro­pean soc­cer at a time when new Fi­nan­cial Fair Play rules were be­ing en­forced on Euro­pean clubs.

UEFA has also been sub­ject to phish­ing at­tempts to gain ac­cess to its email ac­counts, but said it could find no ev­i­dence of a hack. Still, UEFA has re­ceived dozens of ques­tions about cases go­ing back sev­eral years and the con­tents of pri­vate ex­changes.

“We are not steal­ing,” In­fantino said, dis­cussing the con­tents of any leaks. “What counts is do things in an ap­pro­pri­ate way.”

In a sep­a­rate state­ment, FIFA said it “con­demns any at­tempts to com­pro­mise the con­fi­den­tial­ity, in­tegrity and avail­abil­ity of data in any or­ga­ni­za­tion us­ing un­law­ful prac­tices. ”

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