When I hear of a spying scandal, I automatically think of big government breaches and hackers sitting in a dark basement somewhere across Siberia. Well the latest hacking scandal doesn't involve governments at all. It has to do with America's favorite pastime: baseball.
The St. Louis Cardinals are in the midst of an FBI investigation that involves some real life 007-type tactics. The report accuses the Cardinals of hacking into the database of a rival, the Houston Astros, to steal secret information about players, coaching moves, scouting options and drafting statistics. The Astros were the ones who first realized that they were the victims of a hack and called in the big guns immediately.
Already dubbed, "Baseball's Spygate," the FBI is investigating whether or not the hacking was an attempt to retaliate against former Cardinals executive Jeff Luhnow, who left for the Astros in 2011. Luhnow was the brain behind the Cardinals' internal database called "Redbird." There was speculation in the Cardinals' dugout that Luhnow took some of the information to Houston with him when he left.
According to the New York Times, who first released the story, “agents soon found that the Astros’ network had been entered from a computer at a home that some Cardinals officials had lived in." Not very good at covering their tracks, are they?
If the investigation proves to be true, Spygate would be the first official case of corporate espionage to hit professional sports. The football team, the New England Patriots, were accused and punished for several suspicious moves like deflating footballs before the Super Bowl and videotaping opposing teams' hand signals, but cheating has never been accused to this magnitude.
Let me know what you think about this scandal. Do you think the Cardinals are innocent or are the dirty, rotten cheaters? Let me know by leaving a comment below.