Experts: Hacking of Astros wasn’t advanced, but team’s computer defenses weren’t either

Evan Drellich reports:

Both the offender and victim in professional sports’ first hacking scandal might share one trait: a lack of sophistication.

Whoever made their way to private Astros information did not appear to do so with an advanced method of entry or cover-up beyond the capacity of any professional programmer.

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At the same time, the Astros’ proprietary database, “Ground Control,” which was designed by Astros senior technical architect Ryan Hallahan, didn’t appear to have the industry-standard level of security at the times it was breached, according to Tom DeSot, an outside observer and the chief information officer of Digital Defense, an information security company operating in more than 65 countries.

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