PGA Golf Championship hit with Bitcoin ransomware

Hackers Demand Ransom to Unlock Hijacked Files of Upcoming PGA Golf Championship.
Hackers seem to have a penchant for targeting high-profile events. After successfully attempting to make American presidential elections questionable, now cybercriminals have their eyes set on key PGA tournaments.

Reportedly, to jeopardize this week’s PGA Championship, which is due to be held at Bellerive Country Club, hackers have hijacked computer servers of the PGA of America. They not only stole sensitive marketing related files but also encrypted them with ransomware. Officials cannot access crucial data related to the PGA Championship and of a forthcoming event in France, the Ryder Cup.

The hijacked documents contain marketing materials of the above-mentioned tournaments. Hackers managed to encrypt the data stored on the compromised servers, which largely included promotional banners. It also contained logos that will be used for future digital and print marketing. In order to reclaim access to the files, PGA officials are asked to pay a ransom.

 

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