PGA hacked, bitcoin ransom sought for return of files

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PGA's servers reportedly hacked in Bitcoin extortion attempt

Golfweek reports that the PGA of America's computers were hijacked during the practice rounds. The weather can be bad.

PGA of America didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman told the BBC that the PGA Championship won't be affected.

Not only did the hacking lock officials out of files related to this weekend's PGA Championship tournament, but it also got ahold of files related to the upcoming Ryder Cup in France. As of Wednesday, the organization had not regained full access to the servers.

Tournament staff discovered Tuesday their files had been compromised when a message told them their network had been hacked and information files encrypted, with any attempt to unlock the files risking their permanent loss, according to Golfweek.

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The files contained creative materials for both events, including "extensive promotional banners and logos used in digital and print communications, and on digital signage around the grounds at Bellerive", along with logo designs for future PGA Championships, Lynch reported. "All files on each host in the network may have been encrypted with a strong algorithm [sic]".

The hackers have stated their motive by providing a Bitcoin wallet address.

"We exclusively have decryption software for your situation". An anonymous source from the PGA of America said that the association does not intend to meet any extortion demands, and could speak no further because they were not authorized to speak on the subject.

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