FBI investigating St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into Astros’ databases

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Mark Reynolds #12 of the St. Louis Cardinals is congratulated by coach David Bell #25 of the St. Louis Cardinals after hitting a solo home run against the Minnesota Twins in the fourth inning at Busch Stadium on June 15, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — The FBI is reportedly investigating the St. Louis Cardinals for allegedly hacking into databases of the Houston Astros and attempting to steal information about that team’s personnel.

The New York Times reports federal investigators found that front-office officials for the Cardinals allegedly broke into an Astros network that included information about trades and scouting reports, among other information.

It is unknown which Cardinals employees are targets of the investigation, the Times reports.

The Cardinals released a statement about the allegations Tuesday, saying:

“The St. Louis Cardinals are aware of the investigation into the security breach of the Houston Astros’ database. 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.”

Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and the Astros are all cooperating in the investigation.

The investigation began in 2014 when the Astros claimed they had been the victim of hacks and wanted to find out who was responsible, according to ESPN.  Among the details compromised then was information on potential trades between the Astros and other teams.

The FBI believes Cardinals officials accessed the Astros’ databases by using a list of passwords associated with Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, the Times reports.


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