In baseball, teams regularly steal opponents’ signals to gain a competitive advantage. But signal stealing has entered a whole new cyber crime era with Major League Baseball’s latest scandal.
The St. Louis Cardinals are the target of an FBI and Justice Department investigation into whether team officials hacked into the Houston Astros’ database, gaining access to player and personnel information, trades, ratings and statistics.
New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt first reported the story. From his original report:
Law enforcement officials believe the hacking was executed by vengeful front-office employees for the Cardinals hoping to wreak havoc on the work of Jeff Luhnow, the Astros’ general manager, who had been a successful and polarizing executive with the Cardinals until 2011.
That’s about the extent of any personnel who are involved in the investigation. Prosecutors and team officials aren’t saying specifically who is targeted.
The Cardinals offered the following statement: