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The F.B.I. and Justice Department are investigating the possible hacking of the Houston Astros baseball team.

Investigators say they’ve uncovered evidence that someone with the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the internal networks of the Houston Astros.

The special databases included internal discussions about trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports.

The FBI’s Houston office is leading the investigation but has not said whether the Cardinal’s highest-ranking officials were aware of the hacking or authorized it.

Baseball’s commissioner, Rob Manfred, says they discovered the hack and contacted the FBI and are fully cooperating with the federal investigation.

A possible motive reportedly is vengeful payback for the Astros’ general manager Jeff Luhnow leaving the Cardinal’s in 2011

 

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