PGA hacked with ransomware for unspecified ransom

09 Aug, 2018
by David Borman
PGA hacked with ransomware for unspecified ransom

It has been reported in Golfweek that the servers used by PGA of America have been hit with a ransomware attack. The attackers have encrypted many promotional files used by the organization for the PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club this week, not to mention the upcoming Ryder Cup.

The first signs of trouble began on Tuesday, when staff tried to access certain promotional materials stored on their servers. The following message appeared when attempting to open the files:

“Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm [sic].”

The hackers offered to decrypt two files of the victim's choosing, to prove their “honest intentions.” Curiously, though a bitcoin wallet address was provided, no actual ransom amount was specified. In any event, the PGA of America has announced they have no intention of meeting any ransom demands.

The material that has been encrypted is mostly promotional material such as banners and signage, both for physical and digital uses. Some of the material has been in production for over a year, so simply creating more is an unlikely answer.

As of Wednesday the investigation was ongoing and the files were still encrypted.

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