Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FBI investigating whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into Houston Astros' internal networks

Federal officials have confirmed that the FBI is looking into allegations that officials of the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros.

The Cardinals issued the following statement:

“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.”

"The Houston Astros are actively cooperating with an ongoing federal investigation. We cannot comment on this matter," the Astros said in a statement.

"We knew about it, well in advance of the report.

"There is an ongoing investigation with respect to an unauthorized entry into Houston's system. To assume that that investigation is going to produce a particular result with respect to the Cardinals -- let alone to jump to the use of the word like cyber-attack -- I just think that we don't know that those are the facts yet.

"There is an ongoing investigation; we've been fully cooperative. Obviously, any allegation like this, no matter how serious it turns out to be, is of great concern to us. But it's just too early to speculate on what the facts are going to turn out to be and what action, if any, is necessary.

"We routinely make the resources of MLB Advanced Media available to the clubs to make sure they have the type of security arrangements that are necessary," Manfred said. "At the end of the day, however, each club, it's an individual, local undertaking, as to what the security measures are.

"Soon enough, I think that we will have full information as to what went on. I think you can rest assured that we will act appropriately at that point in time. I think people should also not lose sight of the fact that in addition to what happened, there's the question of who did it? Who knew about it? Was the organization responsible? Was the individual responsible? There's a whole set of issues that need to be sorted through," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said.

"Whatever team I've been on has always focused on themselves and what we're trying to do. Obviously, from the baseball perspective, we'll deal with the baseball, and all other questions will go elsewhere," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.

"Where we are right now is we don't know any more than anybody else. Right now, we just go about our business and realize this is something that is being dealt with.

"You guys are more informed than I am, and once again, I'm fine with that. I'll get the pertinent information when that time comes and when it's appropriate. Right now, we have to prepare for a baseball game.

"We don't know how to react at all until we have more information, so we don't. The way to react is to prepare for a baseball game," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny told reporters.

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