Hackers tried to blackmail Beckham

According to reports, hackers tried to blackmail David Beckham for £1m to prevent a leak of his emails.

The former England captain’s reputation has taken a knock following the release of the stolen emails in an incident the British press has dubbed ‘Beckileaks’.

The messages and documents are believed to have been stolen from the network of Simon Oliveira’s agency Doyen Global, which runs Beckham’s publicity.

A police investigation is currently underway in Portugal, where Oliveira’s firm has its servers.

The hackers allegedly demanded a sum of one million euros from Beckham not to release the emails, which include correspondences between the former footballer and Oliveira.

The emails suggest Beckham attempted to use his charity work with UNICEF as part of a campaign to be knighted.

Beckham UNICEF

Another message contains an expletive-littered outburst from Beckham after he failed to receive the knighthood.

A spokesperson for Beckham said: “This story is based on outdated material taken out of context from hacked and doctored private emails from a third-party server and gives a deliberately inaccurate picture.

“David and UNICEF are rightly proud of what they have and will continue to achieve together and are happy to let the facts speak for themselves.”

So far, Beckham seems to have his supporters and detractors: