The St. Louis Cardinals are under FBI and DOJ investigation for hacking into the internal networks of the Houston Astros regarding player personnel, according to the New York Times.
Investigators revealed that Cardinals officials broke into the Astros database and compromised scouting reports, proprietary statistics and internal trade discussions. If true, this is the first known case of corporate espionage involving one professional sports team hacked into another team’s system.
There is a direct correlation between the team teams, as Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow left the Cardinals in 2011 to take the job in Houston. Law enforcement officials believe the hack is a direct attack on Luhnow and his work.
Through a spokesman for commissioner Rob Manfred in a written statement, Major League Baseball says it “has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database.”
The Cardinals had little to offer on the topic, but did acknowledge it.
“The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database,” the team said in a statement. “The team has fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so. Given that this is an ongoing federal investigation, it is not appropriate for us to comment further.”