West Ham Bolsters Defence Against Cyber-Hackers with Darktrace AI

Cambridge, UK
Monday May 18, 2020

Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber AI company, today announced that West Ham United, the British Premier League football club and technology partner of Vanquish Tech, is using cyber AI to protect its digital systems amidst an upsurge in attempted ransomware attacks and other criminal campaigns throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

The team, with over 100 years in English football and over 700,000 global supporters, makes the move to stay cyber resilient as the Premier League is put on hold. As teams rely more than ever on digital platforms to stay connected, communication networks have become key targets for opportunistic cyber-criminals. Many hackers are launching sophisticated phishing emails that appear to come from health authorities but in fact contain malicious software that can steal the user’s data or hijack their device.

In need of a technology that could learn what ‘normal’ behaviour looks like across its dynamic and evolving network and spot nefarious activity as soon as it emerges, West Ham selected Darktrace’s Cyber AI.

Recently, the AI detected suspicious activity on West Ham’s systems – it was a ransomware attack attempting to encrypt critical data. Thanks to Darktrace’s self-learning approach, West Ham’s security team was able to instantly stop the attack before damage was done.

“Theft of personal data of high net worth players or fans is on the tip of our cyber-threat iceberg”, commented Mohammed Ali, Director of IT at West Ham United. “Hackers are now capable of causing real operational disruption; increased reliance on digital infrastructure is making teams more vulnerable to attack. With cyber AI, we are spotting threats at machine speed and responding before any damage is done.”

About Darktrace

Darktrace is the world’s leading cyber AI company and the creator of Autonomous Response technology.

Its self-learning AI is modeled on the human immune system and used by over 3,500 organizations to protect against threats to the cloud, email, IoT, networks and industrial systems. This includes insider threat, industrial espionage, IoT compromises, zero-day malware, data loss, supply chain risk and long-term infrastructure vulnerabilities.

The company has over 1,200 employees, 44 offices and headquarters in San Francisco and Cambridge, UK. Every 3 seconds, Darktrace AI fights back against a cyber-threat, preventing it from causing damage.