Tuesday, 23 October, 2018

Hackers hit PGA computer servers, demand Bitcoin ransom

Francesco Molinari at the 100th PGA Championship PGA's servers reportedly hacked in Bitcoin extortion attempt
Cassandra Castillo | 09 August, 2018, 23:55

The PGA of America's showcase golf tournament teed off Thursday morning at Bellerive Country Club in suburban St. Louis, but the organization has spent the past couple of days dealing with a more sinister issue: hackers who have attacked its computer system. But a Golfweek report Wednesday marks a new challenge.

The files contained creative materials for both events, including "extensive promotional banners and logos used in digital and print communications, and on digital signage around the grounds at Bellerive", along with logo designs for future PGA Championships, Lynch reported.

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. "All files on each host in the network may have been encrypted with a strong algorithm [sic]".

"Any attempt to break the encryption could cause the loss of all of the work". Since Bitcoin wallets are not particularly linked to a person or entity, it can not be used to identify suspects.

More news: New Barca signing Vidal determined to win three Champions Leagues

"We exclusively have decryption software for your situation", they wrote.

In the meantime, the PGA and IT experts are addressing the problem, but have yet to regain control of the files.

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

An anonymous source for the PGA told Golfweek that the organization has no plans to meet the hackers' demands.

Recommended

Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s killer sentenced to life in US Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s killer sentenced to life in US Grillot and another patron interceded, told Purinton that he needed to leave, and escorted him out of the bar. Purinton then went home, picked up one of his guns and returned to the bar, opening fire on the men.

Pence outlines plan for new U.S. Space Force by 2020 Pence outlines plan for new U.S. Space Force by 2020 The Space Force aims to organise, train, and quip people in the interest of space-related national security. But just previous year , Mattis voiced skepticism on the need to create a separate Space Force.

Van Used By Rock Icons Aerosmith In ’70s Found In Woods Van Used By Rock Icons Aerosmith In ’70s Found In Woods Before they became a household name, Aerosmith was traveling in this van, which was recently discovered in a small MA town. The property owner said the van was there when he purchased the land from someone who was connected to Aerosmith .

Israel PM defends law in face of Druze outrage Israel PM defends law in face of Druze outrage But critics, both at home and overseas , say it undermines Israel's commitment to equality for all its citizens outlined in the constitution.

Air Transat, Flair Airlines sign on with Aimia as Aeroplan partners Air Transat, Flair Airlines sign on with Aimia as Aeroplan partners One of Aimia's new partners is Air Transat, a long-established airline owned by Montreal-based travel and leisure company Transat AT.

Celtic rejected Fulham's Boyata bid - Rodgers Celtic rejected Fulham's Boyata bid - Rodgers When asked if Celtic would be unwilling to consider any more bids for him, Rodgers said: "No, because it would be very hard for us to replace him at this late stage".

Denise Richards joins 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' Denise Richards joins 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' After more than a month of speculation, Denise Richards has confirmed she will be joining the cast of the Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills .

Ellie Goulding Is Engaged! See Her Super Traditional Announcement Ellie Goulding Is Engaged! See Her Super Traditional Announcement Jopling continued, "There is no one I have ever been more complete with and there is no one I will ever feel more complete with. Jayne Warde-Aldam of Yorkshire, and Elena, daughter of Mr.

Ford Holds Massive Celebration For The 10 Millionth Mustang Ford Holds Massive Celebration For The 10 Millionth Mustang The 2019 GT convertible is painted Wimbledon White, just like the one Ford recognizes as the first production Mustang. It's a auto 54 years in the making. "I said I feel like a movie star at 76 as well as I did at 22".

Kawhi Leonard releases first statement thanking Spurs Kawhi Leonard releases first statement thanking Spurs Spurs doctors cleared him to return, but Leonard's own team did not, and as Leonard sat, his relationship with the Spurs grew colder.

Canada's 'rights first' foreign policy could be costly Canada's 'rights first' foreign policy could be costly But farm groups were already sounding the alarm about the loss of what they say is a small but not insignificant market. However, he said he couldn't speculate on whether the Saudis might try to back out of the deal.

Puerto Rico Concedes Hurricane Maria Deaths More Than 1,400 Puerto Rico Concedes Hurricane Maria Deaths More Than 1,400 A New York Times investigation said it was likely at least 1 ,000 Puerto Ricans were killed by the storm in the USA territory. That report is due in coming weeks.

Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9' revealed with bombastic trailer Michael Moore's 'Fahrenheit 11/9' revealed with bombastic trailer The title is a reference to the day that he won the election. "It was a hit in military towns and on military bases". Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 11/9 is a provocative and comedic look at the times in which we live.

Star witness ends testimony in fraud trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Star witness ends testimony in fraud trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Federal Bureau of Investigation forensic accountant Morgan Magionos brought Manafort's fashion tastes back to the spotlight. In one case, Ellis snapped at prosecutors in front of the jury because they allowed an IRS agent to attend the trial.

Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host Man City Emery set for baptism of fire as Arsenal host Man City With the Premier League now set to return to pitches up and down England and Wales, this long summer is drawing to a close. The Spanish manager took charge of Arsenal just a few months ago as Arsene Wenger's replacement.