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Hacked: Electronic Corporate Espionage comes to the Major Leagues

Astros’ Hacked by Cards in Extra Frames

It appears that hacking your competitors is a real threat. It now has found its way into America’s Favorite Past-Time, Major League Baseball.

According to a recent New York Times Report Federal Prosecutors are investigating St. Louis Cardinal Employees for hacking into the Houston Astros. The article says, “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.”

The New York Times says that investigators have uncovered evidence that St. Louis had hacked into the Houston’s computer network. The Cardinals were able to hack the databases and compromise data that contained proprietary information that included: Internal discussions about trades, confidential scouting reports and proprietary statistics.

HackedAdditionally the Times goes on to say, “The officials did not say which employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it. The investigation is being led by the FBI’s Houston field office and has progressed to the point that subpoenas have been served on the Cardinals and Major League Baseball for electronic correspondence.”

Officials told the Times that they have uncovered evidence that Cardinals officials hacked the Astros’ database, known as Ground Control, and obtained information and internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports. The names of the officials under investigation were not revealed.

No, press releases were found on either the FBI Web Site, but Major League Baseball issued a statement around lunchtime today.

“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database. Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”

So my editorial comment, look out Patriots, ball deflation is so low-tech.

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