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England players warned about public WiFi in Russia

England players and staff will be advised not to use public or hotel WiFi at next summer's World Cup in Russia over hacking fears.

The FA is concerned that sensitive information such as injury, squad selection and tactical details could be exposed.

The advice is understood to have been put into action by the FA already, but worries over data theft have increased following last month's hack by Fancy Bears showing the use of banned medicines in football. The hacking group claimed the information showed that 160 players had failed drugs tests in 2015, with the number rising to 200 the following year.

The FA has written to Fifa with its concerns about IT security, and is thought to be particularly concerned about the leaking of its own cor­res­pon­dence with the governing body.

An email from FA head of integrity Jenni Kennedy, which revealed details regarding four anti-doping cases in May 2017, was released in the August hack."Such in­ves­tiga­ti­on is still ongoing. For the purposes of computer security in general, Fifa is itself relying on expert advice from third parties.

"It is for this reason that Fifa cannot and does not provide any computer security advice to third parties."

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