Investigations are underway in the US into executive officials of the St Louis Cardinals, one of the most successful teams in Major League Baseball (MLB) of the last 20 years. The FBI and Justice Department prosecutors are determining whether these officials have hacked into internal networks of rival team, the Houston Astros.
Evidence has uncovered that Cardinals officials broke into a network of the Astros that contained special databases the team built which includes important confidential information. Agents found that the Astros' network had been entered from a computer at a home where some Cardinals officials had lived in, turning attention to the team's front office.
The attack would be the first known case of corporate spying where a professional sports team hacks the network of another team. Illegal intrusions into company networks have been common, but hackers operating in other countries ordinarily run them.
The intrusion did not appear to be sophisticated. Law enforcement officials believe that vindictive employees of the Cardinals executed the hacking.