WASHINGTON, D.C. (MEDIA GENERAL) — The FBI and the U.S. Justice Department are investigating accusations the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the networks of rival Houston Astros, according to a report by the New York Times.
The Times reports investigators found evidence that officials with the Cardinals hacked databases to find information about trades, statistics and scouting reports.
The Cardinals and Major League Baseball have each issued statements on the investigation.
“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,” said a statement from the Cardinals.
“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,” said the MLB. “Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”
There is no word on who authorized the hack and who was aware of it within the Cardinals organization.
Officials believe the hack was revenge on Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, who was previously with the Cardinals.
“The attack represents the first known case of corporate espionage in which a professional sports team has hacked the network of another team,” says the report written by New York Times reporter Michael S. Schmidt.