No One is Safe From Ransomware — Not Even the PGA

Ransomware Hits PGA’s American Servers Days Before Tournament

The Professional Golf Association (PGA) has been the most recent victim of ransomware.  As their tournament is about to kick off in St. Louis, Missouri, the PGA has found all of their American servers encrypted with ransomware.  Meaning, all of the data on those servers is inaccessible by the PGA.  The only way to restore the data is through backups.  Hackers also offer to unlock the files for you, as long as you pay them first.  Although, there is no guarantee they will indeed restore the files.

Hackers have indeed requested a payment in bitcoin, a digital currency.  However, the specific amount has not been specified.

The data encrypted includes promotional banners and logos that were to be used for this tournament, as well as development work on logos for future PGA Championships.

Officials have reported the tournament will take place as scheduled.

Other Ransomware Attacks

For a list of ransomware attacks that have already taken place in 2018, you may click here. We have also created a map, see below, of the ransomware attacks that have taken place in the U.S.

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