Hackers target PGA Championship & demand bitcoin ransom

Ahead of this week’s PGA Championship, Ryder Cup and the Professional Golfer’s Association have been hit with a ransomware attack.

According to officials, On Tuesday morning, hackers locked files which consisted of graphics and display material for the PGA Championship and Ryder Cup, such as promotional banners and logos designed for digital print across the competition grounds.

Ransomware spreads across firms’ networks or systems, encrypting sensitive files which demand a ransom to unlock them, typically, at a steep price.

Despite this, the attackers provided an email address and a bitcoin wallet number without specifying the cost of the ransom.

Officials have warned the organisations that any attempt to decrypt the locked files could cause them to be deleted permanently.

“We exclusively have decryption software for your situation”, officials wrote in a letter.

“No decryption software is available in the public”.

According to Golf Week, the files also included “development work on logos for future championships that would be difficult to replicate”.

Written by Leah Alger

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