Hackers reportedly breach PGA of America’s servers
Hackers have compromised some of the PGA of America’s computer servers, according to a report by Golfweek.
The magazine reported Wednesday afternoon that PGA staff members discovered the breach when attempts to access the files generated the following message: “Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm [sic].”
The message went on to warn that any attempt to break the encryption would result in the loss of the files.
Golfweek also reported that the message included a Bitcoin wallet number in an apparent extortion attempt, but stopped short of saying what the hackers required from the PGA of America to regain access to the files.
The magazine reported that the affected files include promotional banners and logos used in digital and print communications for the PGA Championship, which began Thursday at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, and next month’s Ryder Cup in France.
The PGA of America declined Golfweek’s request for a comment on the situation, saying it was an ongoing investigation.