The FBI and federal prosecutors are investigating allegations that St. Louis Cardinals officials illegally hacked into their longtime rival the Houston Astros' computer database to steal proprietary team information, a federal official told NBC News.
The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing anonymous officials, that investigators had uncovered evidence Cardinals officials had broken into a network housing special team databases and compromised internal discussions of trades, statistics and scouting.
Law enforcement officials think front-office Cardinals workers seeking revenge against Jeff Luhnow, a former Cardinals executive who became the Astros' general manager in 2011, may have been behind the hacking, according to the Times.
Major League Baseball, the Cardinals and the Astros all said in separate statements that they were cooperating with the federal investigation into the breach.
"Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly," the league said.
The FBI wouldn't confirm or deny the Times' report, but it did say it "aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems."
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