The PGA of America has fallen victim to hackers.
PGA staff discovered their computer servers had been comprised Tuesday while trying to access files related to this week's PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club and next month's Ryder Cup, according to Golf Week's Eamon Lynch. Attempts to open the files reportedly generated this message: "Your network has been penetrated. All files on each host in the network have been encrypted with a strong algorythm (sic)."
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.
The message from the hackers also reportedly included an encrypted email address along with an offer to decrypt two files as evidence of their "honest intentions." They also provided a Bitcoin wallet number, but no specific ransom amount was asked for.
The PGA of America has no intention of meeting any extortion demands, an anonymous source told Lynch.
Officials had reportedly yet to regain complete control of the servers as of Wednesday afternoon, but it's believed the PGA Championship will be unaffected by the hacking.