Reports are rife that the Champions League final could be targeted by Russian cyber attackers, according to Ukrainian security officials.
Real Madrid will confront Liverpool in the final of the biggest club competition in the world which will be viewed by millions of fans around the globe.
However, Ukrainian security services have raised an alarm that the showpiece could be under attack following the infiltration of hardware in the former Soviet Country.
A statement said: “Security Service experts believe that the infection of hardware on the territory of Ukraine is preparation for another act of cyber-aggression by the Russian Federation, aimed at destabilizing the situation during the Champions League final.”
In the wake of the announcement, Cisco Systems reported that there had been a significant malware attack on Talos, the security arm of the computer networking firm. It is believed that the malware, called VPNFilter by Cisco, could be used to destroy the devices it has infected, or also for espionage.
The recent political disputes between the United Kingdom and Russia has resulted to a strained relationship with top members of the political class in Britain set to boycott the World Cup in Russia this summer.