FA steps up cyber security measures ahead of World Cup

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the FIFA World Cup trophy during its presentation at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium Russia on Saturday Sept. 9 2017. From September 2017 the original trophy starts its tour over 24 Russian cities and more than 50 cou

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds the FIFA World Cup trophy during its presentation at Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium Russia on Saturday Sept. 9 2017. From September 2017 the original trophy starts its tour over 24 Russian cities and more than 50 cou

Players will reportedly be told to stay away from Wi-Fi networks in hotels, cafes and airports and will also be reminded not to share material on social media that could also give away information.

It also warned the association regarding the activities of the group, and is understood to be considering what the best options are for securing the England team's communications if they get to Russian Federation.

"For the purposes of computer security in general, Federation Internationale de Football Association is itself relying on expert advice from third parties", the organization said in a statement on Monday.

Hackers linked with Russia's military intelligence agency - although Moscow denies they are affiliated - have allegedly targeted sporting associations in operations meant to discredit critics of Russia's involvement in athletics doping.

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Cybersecurity experts believe that the Fancy Bear group is leaking information in retaliation for Russia's ban from the Rio Olympics a year ago after its athletes were linked to an allegedly state-sponsored doping regime.

Fancy Bear was earlier this year accused of conducting a cyber-espionage campaign targeting high-profile figures at high-class hotels across Europe.

"Fifa has informed the FA that [it] remains committed to preventing security attacks in general and that, with respect to the Fancy Bears attack in particular, it is presently investigating the incident to ascertain whether Fifa's infrastructure was compromised", it said.

Fancy Bears leaked documents last month showing that 160 footballers across the globe failed drugs tests back in 2015, while 25 players - including Carlos Tevez, Dirk Kuyt and Gabriel Heinze - were named as stars cleared of using banned medicines at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

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At the time, the FA said it was "disappointed that strictly confidential information" had been released by Fancy Bear and that the information released related to ongoing investigations. The greatest defences are often the least exciting, and consist of doing the basic IT housekeeping well.

England have not yet qualified for the World Cup in 2018, but are in pole position to do so and attention is now turning to bases for next summer's tournament.

"Security is a non-competitive issue, and a team game not an individual sport".

The England team is now top of its World Cup qualifying group with 20 points and will face Slovenia at Wembley next month to cement a place in the competition. Firewalls have also been strengthened and stronger encryption used on passwords, the person said.

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