PGA of America servers hacked, Bitcoin ransom sought

Rex Christensen
August 9, 2018

That includes extensive promotional banners and logos used in digital and print communications, and on digital signage around the grounds at Bellerive.

In addition to the messages, the hackers also included an email address where the PGA of America could send two files which would be decrypt to prove their "honest intentions", according to Golfweek.

The PGA Championship itself has been unaffected by the PGA of America hack, at least so far.

The PGA has a crisis on its hands before the start of tomorrow's PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis.but it has nothing to do with the golf course.

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With the PGA of America hosting this year's event at Bellerive before heading over to Paris for the 2018 Ryder Cup, hackers have illegally broken into and grabbed various files that affect both events, according to a report from Golfweek.

Staff realized Tuesday morning that their systems had been compromised when attempts to work on the files generated an ominous message: "Your network has been penetrated". The former is a nonprofit organization comprising local teaching professionals throughout the country; it operates the PGA Championship.

The hackers also listed a bitcoin wallet number - which is almost impossible to trace - but no specific ransom amount.

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