Hackers lock PGA of America out of crucial promotional files
Computer servers at the PGA of America were hacked earlier this week ahead of today’s start of the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in Missouri, with staff locked out of crucial files relating to the PGA Championship and the forthcoming Ryder Cup in France, in an apparent attempt at extortion by the hackers.
Attempts to access the files generated the message: “Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm.”
The hackers said that only they had the software necessary to decrypt the files, which include promotional banners and logos used in digital and print communications, and on digital signage around the grounds at Bellerive, plus development work on logos for future PGA Championships.
The message included a Bitcoin wallet number, albeit no sum was mentioned as the price of decryption.
A PGA source told Golfweek that it would not pay any ransom.