Cardinals Face F.B.I. Inquiry in Hacking of Astros’ Network

Michael S. Schmidt reports:

The F.B.I. and Justice Department prosecutors are investigating whether front-office officials for the St. Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in baseball over the past two decades, hacked into internal networks of a rival team to steal closely guarded information about player personnel.

Investigators have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Houston Astros that housed special databases the team had built, according to law enforcement officials. Internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports were compromised, the officials said.

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The alleged hack may have been earlier than originally reported,  however. Chris Cwik reports:

The St. Louis Cardinals may have accessed the Houston Astros’ database a year earlier than initially reported, according to Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle.

An anonymous source told the Chronicle that the Astros’ database was accessed by the Cardinals more than twice. The Chronicle had previously reported there had been two confirmed breaches into Houston’s system. This new report suggests the Cardinals had “unauthorized access” as early as 2012.

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