According to a recent report, cyber attackers have hijacked into the PGA of America’swebservers, disabling officersout of sensitive filesassociated withthis week’s PGA Championship at Bellerivenationand thereaftercomingRyder Cup in France.
In an official statement, the officers on 7th August, stated that the access to their systems had been been disabled when in the morning they attempted to access their files with a vulnerable msg appearing:
“Your network has been penetrated. All files oneveryhosting serverswithin thenetworkareencrypted witha powerfulalgorithm [sic].Anycommit tobreak theencodingmightcause the loss of all of the work.”
The hackers further warned that this action might causethe impossibility of recovery of files for sure.
The files containedsensitivematerials for the PGA Championship at Bellerive and next month’s Ryder Cup in France.Thisin depthincludes promotional banners and logosemployed indigital and print communications, and on digitalaggregationround thegrounds at Bellerive. Thelockedfilesadditionallyembodydevelopment work on logos for future PGA Championships along with number ofother works that beganquiteearly this yearand can’tbesimplyreplicated again.
The hackers straightly mentioned this hacking with the case of clear extortion stating:
“Wesolelyhave asecret decryptionsoftware package available.”
An encrypted email address wasenclosedwitha suggestionfor the PGA of America to send the hackers any of filesthatthey woulddecodeasproofof their decryption software.The messageadditionallyencloseda Bitcoin address,however currentlyno specificquantity is demanded for now. Bitcoin addressdon’t seem to beconnectedtoa selectedperson or entity.
The PGA of Americawill notmeet any extortion demands in future, as clarified by spokeperson on condition ofobscurity,asthey currently are not authorised on the matter.The organisation’s IT teamhashowever not regained complete access over the files hacked neither they able to confirm the causes of this hack for now.
Officers still now have not regained completeaccessover their servers. However, a team of effective experts are working on this matter so that this hacking doesn’t affect the tournament in the coming future.