Pep Guardiola has reportedly been hacked by a ‘rogue IT worker’ who tried to sell his private emails for £100,000.
The man has claimed he received players’ personal details and records of documents which included transfer talks from the Spaniard’s club email account, according to The Sun.
He also boasted he had obtained the player’s personal details.
The pro-hacker attempted to sell confidential emails for £100,000 and said hacking the Manchester City boss was the “easiest thing” he had done.
He captured screenshots of Guardiola’s emails and told undercover investigators he had managed to gain “every email” sent to and from the ex-Barcelona man.
The rogue worker said: “Hypothetically, I could have accessed it on that phone and taken screenshots because I was an IT contractor there.”
“This is the easiest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
He claimed to have been a contractor for the Premier League club for around two years from 2016 until they terminated their partnership with the IT company.
Over two days in 2017, he accessed Guardiola’s account from his mobile and downloaded personal emails, not to mention the manager’s contact book, as well as seeing transfer dialogue regarding Matthijs de Ligt who moved to Juventus from Ajax last summer.
He then produced screenshots to investigators that had been sent to his encrypted ProtonMail email account, which he claimed police would not be able to access.
City subsequently contacted Greater Manchester Police, who eventually arrested the hacker on Monday.
Further reports claim officers conducted a search of his home while examining devices such as his computers, phones and emails.
A police spokeswoman said: “A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of offences under the Computer Misuse Act 1990.
“The man has been released under investigation. The investigation is ongoing.”