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St. Louis Cardinals accused of hacking Houston Astros team secrets

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The FBI is investigating employees of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for allegedly hacking an internal computer network of the Houston Astros, called Ground Control, which held information about players, internal discussions about trades and scouting reports.

Law enforcement officials say the hacking might have been an effort to disrupt the work by Jeff Luhnow, a former executive with the Cardinals who is now the Astros’ general manager, according to the New York Times, which first reported the investigation.

The team issued a statement on Tuesday: “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.”

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said he didn’t know about the investigation until a front-office member told him about the upcoming Times report. “I’ll get the pertinent information when that time comes and when it’s appropriate,” he said. “Right now, we have to prepare for a baseball game.”

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