Report: St. Louis Cardinals investigated by FBI for hacking Houston Astros

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FBI Reportedly Investigating St. Louis Cardinals for Hacking


REUTERS -- The Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. federal prosecutors are investigating the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team for hacking into the computers of the Houston Astros to steal closely guarded information about player personnel, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

Compromised information includes internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports, the Times reported, citing law enforcement officials.

There is evidence that officials of the Cardinals, who won the 2006 and 2011 World Series and are one of the sport's most respected franchises, broke into a network of special databases, the report said.

"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," MLB said in a statement.

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Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly."

The Cardinals, who own a league-best 42-21 record this season, have won the World Series 11 times, second only to the New York Yankees. They have reached "the Fall Classic" 19 times, most recently in 2013 when they lost to the Boston Red Sox.

According to the Times, authorities believe the hacking was performed by front-office employees hoping to undermine the work of Houston General Manager Jeff Luhnow, an innovative former Cardinals executive who left in late 2011 to join the Astros.

The Cardinals said they have "fully cooperated with the investigation and will continue to do so."

Tracing the breach led the FBI to a home that "some Cardinals officials lived in," the Times reported.

There was no word on which Cardinals employees were the focus of the investigation or whether the team's highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it.

The Houston office of the FBI would neither confirm nor deny an investigation, but said: "The FBI aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems."

"Once our investigations are complete, we pursue all appropriate avenues to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace," it said.

The Astros, who have never won the World Series, initially believed they were breached by a rogue hacker. The club, currently in first place in the American League West, said it is "actively cooperating" with the investigation.

Houston and St. Louis were National League division rivals from 1994 to 2012 before the Astros jumped to the American League.

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ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 8, 1967: Pitcher Bob Gibson #45 of the St. Louis Cardinals throws a pitch to second baseman Jerry Adair #14 of the Boston Red Sox during game four of the World Series on October 8, 1967 between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by: Diamond Images/Getty Images)
2 Sep 1996: Second baseman Luis Alicea of the St. Louis Cardinals jumps after forcing out runner Craig Biggio #7 of the Houston Astros on a double play in the third inning at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/Allsport
2 Sept 1996: A St. Louis Cardinals fan cheers on Ozzie Smith after the veteran short stop hit a two run home run in the fourth inning against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Smith will retire at the end of the season. Mandator
11 Jul 1998: Coach Jose Cruz of the Houston Astros in action during a game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet /Allsport
11 Jul 1998: Infielder Placido Polanco #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals in action during a game against the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Laforet /Allsport
12 Jul 1998: Second baseman Ricky Gutierrez #12 of the Houston Astros throws the ball to first base for the double play during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 6-4.
ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 22: Houston Astro pitcher Jose Lima falls down as he avoids the pitch by St. Louis Cardinal pitcher Manny Abar in St. Louis, MO 22 June 1999 and Cardinal catcher Eli Marrero makes the catch in the eighth inning. The Cardinals beat the Astros 4-3 in fourteen innings. (Photo credit should read PETER NEWCOMB/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, UNITED STATES: St. Louis Cardinals player rush the field after they beat the Houston Astros and won the National League Central Division, 20 September 2000, in St. Louis, MO. The Cardinals defeated the Astros, 11-6.AFP PHOTO SCOTT ROVAK (Photo credit should read SCOTT ROVAK/AFP/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - APRIL 14: Catcher Mike DiFelice #8 of the St.Louis Cardinals gets up after colliding with Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros during the game at Busch Stadium in St.Louis, Missouri on April 14, 2002. The Astros won 5-4 . (Photo by Elsa /Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - JUNE 6: Second base Umpire Chris Guccione calls Hector Luna #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals out after Adam Everett #27 of the Houston Astros applies the tag on June 6, 2004 at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Astros beat the Cardinals 3-2. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 13: A fan holds a sign during game one of National League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 13, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 14: Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astrosis congratulated by teammate Jeff Bagwell #5 after hitting a solo home run in the first inning of Game two of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 14: Manager Phil Garner #3 of the Houston Astros argues a call with first base umpire Gary Darling in Game 2 of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 14: Manager Tony La Russa of the St. Louis Cardinals talks to first base umpire Gary Darling during Game two of National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on October 14, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 16: Fans of the Houston Astros watch their team win 5-2 over the St. Louis Cardinals in game three of National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 16, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: Fans show their support for Carlos Beltran #15 of the Houston Astros in game four of National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 17, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Astros defeated the Cardinals 6-5 to tie the series at 2-2. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 18: Jeff Kent #12 of the Houston Astros celebrates with his teammates after hitting a three-run home run to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series October 18, 2004 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo By Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 20: Hector Luna #7 of the St. Louis Cardinals moves out of the way after Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros is tagged out at second base in game six of the National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Elsa/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 20: Brad Ausmus #11 of the Houston Astros tags out Albert Pujols #5 of the St. Louis Cardinals at home plate in game six of the National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo By Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 20: A fan of the St. Louis Cardinals holds up a sign against the Houston Astros in game six of National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 20, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 6-4 in the 12th inning to tie the series 3-3. (Photo By Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 21: Albert Pujols #5 and the St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Houston Astros in game seven of National League Championship Series during the 2004 Major League Baseball Playoffs on October 21, 2004 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 5-2 to win the series 4-3. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 12: Fans show their support as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Houston Astros 5-3 in Game One of the 2005 National League Championship Series October 12, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 12: Manager Tony LaRussa #10 of the St. Louis Cardinals waits for his turn at the podium as a television shows Reggie Sanders #16 being interviewed after a 5-3 victory over the Houston Astros in Game One of the 2005 National League Championship Series October 12, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 13: Manager Tony LaRussa #10 of the St. Louis Cardinals and Mark Grudzielanek #12 argue a call that Grudzielanek is out with home plate umpire Greg Gibson #53 during Game Two of the National League Championship Series against the Houston Astros on October 13, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 15: A fan of the Houston Astros watches batting practice before the start of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 15: Fans of the Houston Astros watches batting practice before the start of Game Three of the National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on October 15, 2005 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - OCTOBER 17: 'MLB Rebuilds' logo is displayed on the first base bag during Game Five of the National League Championship Series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astrosat Minute Maid Park on October 17, 2005 in Houston, Texas. The Cardinals defeated the Astros 5-4 to make the series 3 games to 2 Astros. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 19: Charles Gipson #31 of the Houston Astros celebrates with teammates following the Astros 5-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game Six of the National League Championship Series October 19, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. With the win the Astros won the series 4-2 to advance to the World Series. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS - OCTOBER 19: A St. Louis Cardinals banner comes down from the fence of Busch Stadium following the Cards 5-1 loss against the Houston Astros in Game Six of the National League Championship Series October 19, 2005 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. Due to the loss the Cardinals were eliminated from the playoffs which means the last game has been played at the current Busch Stadium. The under construction, new Busch Stadium will be the Home of the Cardinals with the start of the 2006 MLB regular season. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
HOUSTON - APRIL 07: Catcher J.R. Towles #46 of the Houston Astros can't hang on to the ball as he is hit by Troy Glaus #8 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the eigth inning to tie the game on April 7, 2008 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX-JUNE 05: Chris Snyder #18 of the Houston Astros is tagged out by Daniel Descalso #33 of the St. Louis Cardinals in the third inning trying to stretch a single into a double on June 5, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Houston Astros fans cheer during a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on September 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Home plate umpire Angel Hernandez talks with Tony DeFrancesco #11 of the Houston Astros along with Bud Norris #20 and Jason Castro #15 after a batter was hit by a pitch in the eighth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Minute Maid Park on September 26, 2012 in Houston, Texas. Houston wins 2-0. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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