Aug 092018

David Bisson reports:

Digital attackers targeted the computer servers of a golfers’ association with ransomware and encrypted files stored on those assets.

Staff at the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA) discovered the attack on 7 August. When they attempted to access certain work files that morning, those documents generated a ransom note informing them that their employer’s “network has been penetrated” and that “[a]ll files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm [sic].” The warning message also made clear that those responsible for the attacks possessed “decryption software for [PGA’s] situation.”

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