Report: Manchester City's scouting database hacked

By Mike Singer |

An investigation is under way by Premier League club Manchester City, which believes its worldwide scouting database was hacked, possibly by a rival team, England's Mirror reported.

Team officials have reportedly brought in security experts to examine the breach within the team's scouting system, which is widely used throughout the Premier League.

From the Mirror: “City believe their online Scout7 performance analysis system -- holding detailed reports of every player they have targeted at home and around the globe -- has been infiltrated.

“With Premier League football a multi-billion pound business, clubs take their pursuit of new players seriously. They like to guard against having their targets known by rivals, and the element of surprise in capturing a young star who could have a future value running into millions is seen as a key area.”

To put this into an NFL perspective, consider the waves made when the Dallas Cowboys' draft board was leaked after the draft. Imagine the implications had that intellectual property been leaked prior to draft night.

The ramifications of such a breach are potentially massive.

City recently signed two players, Brazilian Fernandinho and Spanish midfielder Jesus Navas, for a reported 54 million pounds (nearly $85 million in US dollars). The transactions may have been expedited due to the potentially leaked information, the Mirror said in its report.

To make matters even more chaotic, City recently hired new coach Manuel Pellegrini to take over. Pellegrini isn't believed to have been privy to the investigation when hired.

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