Big league breach? Cardinals investigated for hacking the Astros

Big league breach? Cardinals investigated for hacking the Astros
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Employees of the St. Louis Cardinals are under federal investigation for hacking databases belonging to the Houston Astros, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The employees, who have not been named, are alleged to have hacked into a database used by the Astros to track player development.

The database was developed by a former Cardinals executive who had left to join the Houston team. Cardinals employees alleged used a list of master passwords belonging to the executive from his time with the team to access the system, according to the Times.

The database was similar to one the executive had built while working for the Cardinals.

Subpoenas have reportedly been issued to Major League Baseball and the Cardinals for electronic communications. A spokesman for the league told the Times that is “has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros’ baseball operations database.”

The Cardinals have been one of the most successful teams in the league in recent years, last winning the World Series in 2011.

An FBI spokesperson could not confirm or deny the existence of the investigation but said the bureau “aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems. "

— This story was updated at 2:09 p.m.