It seems as if even the game of golf is not safe from hackers. In a breaking news report from the BBC, hackers broke into the PGA of America servers. The hackers targeted marketing materials for the upcoming week’s PGA Championship, as well as the upcoming Ryder Cup scheduled to take place in France.
The hackers locked up the PGA computers using a form of ransomware, a software the encrypts a computer’s files until the target pays. As is the modus operandi of most hackers using ransomware, they asked for Bitcoin.
None of the media covering the case have specified the amount being demanded.
The hackers also left a message for the PGA staff, “This may lead to the impossibility of recovery of certain files,” the warning read, according to Golfweek. “No decryption software is available in the public.”
The PGA didn’t release an official statement about the attack. Nevertheless, a spokesperson for the PGA stated the championship won’t be affected.
Ransomware attacks seem to be on the rise in 2018. It was only in March that the City of Atlanta’s internal computer systems were attacked. The attack caused outages on a few computer systems. Furthermore, it crippled more critical services throughout the city then was first understood.
In 2016, another American city was attacked. The City of San Francisco’s public transportation had its payment systems frozen.