Forgive PGA of America officials for a little less joviality even as the St. Louis fans wholeheartedly support this week's PGA Championship: their servers have been hacked. And someone wants them to pay up in Bitcoin or else...
Eamon Lynch with the Golfweek exclusive explaining what could be an issue on many levels for the organization during their busy week.
Staff realized Tuesday morning that their systems had been compromised when attempts to work on the files generated an ominous message: “Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm [sic].”
What kind of hacker doesn't know how to spell the lifeblood of their existence? But they do trade in untraceable currency which the PGA will not acknowledge.
The message also included a Bitcoin wallet number, but no specific ransom amount was demanded for the return of the files. Bitcoin wallets are not linked to a particular person or entity and cannot be used to identify suspects.
Say hackers, what logos have you seen for the 2024 and 2025 PGA's?