Louis Oosthuizen withdraws from PGA Championship

Rex Christensen
August 10, 2018

Lynch says the files in question contained "creative materials for the PGA Championship at Bellerive and next month's Ryder Cup in France", including banners and logos used on digital signage at the PGA Championship and development work that's been done on future logos for the tournament. Attempts to open the files reportedly generated this message: "Your network has been penetrated".

The message further stated that any attempted to break the encryption would cause the loss of the data and any possibility of recovering of the files.

The message included a Bitcoin wallet number for the PGA to pay a ransom but did not ask for a specific amount.

Just before the start of the recent Professional Golf Association [PGA] Championship at Bellerive Country Club in St. Louis, bad news seemed to be looming over the event.

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Officials said some of the work had been a year in the making and couldn't be easily replicated. Since Bitcoin wallets are not particularly linked to a person or entity, it can not be used to identify suspects.

PGA officials were still trying to regain control of the computers servers on Thursday that have kept them from accessing files for the tournament. "No decryption software is available in the public".

They still had not regained control of their files as of Wednesday afternoon. Also, reports state that the hacking is not believed to have impacted the PGA Championship yet.

PGA of America spokeswoman Jamie Carbone declined to comment Thursday, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

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