PGA Servers Hacked Days Before Golf Tournament; BTC Demanded

Unidentified hackers have attacked the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America’s servers, demanding to be paid in Bitcoin to allow access to crucial files.

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Unidentified hackers have attacked the Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of America’s servers, demanding to be paid in Bitcoin to allow access to crucial files.

PGA servers breached

Golfweek reported hackers have attacked the computer servers belonging to the Professional Golfers’ Association of America.

This has led to officials of the sports body losing access to crucial files related to the ongoing and future PGA tournaments such as the Bellerive Country Club in Missouri as well as next month’s Ryder Cup set to take place in France.

Officials of the PGA realized that their network has been breached after they received a message earlier this week from the hacker. The message which reads ‘We Have Taken Over’ includes the hackers Bitcoin wallet address.

The hackers have yet to specify how much they expect as ransom but have pointed out that the decryption software needed to access the files could only be obtained from them. They stated:

“We exclusively have decryption software for your situation. No decryption software is available in the public.”

According to the report, the affected files were mostly creative materials for use in digital and print communications. Logos for future PGA Championships that are currently being developed are amongst the compromised files.

PGA has no intention of paying the ransom

Sources close to the PGA of America revealed that the body has no intentions of paying the Bitcoin ransom.

If the PGA of America goes through with its plans of not paying, it would be in contrast to other high-profile victims of ransomware who have had to meet the extortionist demands.

Sophos, a cybersecurity firm based in the United Kingdom, conducted a research which shows that the ransomware, SamSam had brought the creator BTC worth over $6 million since it was developed in 2015.

South Korean web hosting firm, Nayana was affected the most by ransomware attack. Reports in June last year indicate that the tech company paid BTC worth over $1 million after 153 of its servers were infected with the Erebus ransomware halting its operations.

Nayana was blamed by security experts at Trend Micro for using outdated PHP, Apache and Linux software.

Bitcoin was used as a form of payment in a kidnapping case last year involving Pavel Lerner, an analyst and blockchain expert at Ukrainian cryptocurrency exchange EXMO Finance. Roughly $1 million worth of BTC was paid to secure the release of the analyst.

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