Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hack in Major League Baseball seems unprecedented, but not prescient for "home" users

This is a bizarre story for an Internet safety blog. The St. Louis Cardinals (or employees or agents thereof) have been accused of hacking into the Houston Astros’s computer systems to spy on player development and trade possibilities, a kind of Chinese industrial espionage in big league sports.
The New York Times story is here. MLB has a video with comments on the FBI investigation here
The Cardinals have the best record in MLB right now. The Houston Astros were very weak a few years ago but are much improved, having moved to the AL.  I saw a game at the old Astrodome in 1984.
This does sound unprecedented.          
Wikipedia attribution link for picture of Minute Maid Park in Houston by DelayWaves, under Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 License, here
The park was shown in the movie “Boyhood”.  The upgrade in center field will be removed before 2016, but I think it makes play interesting, like in amateur backyard baseball. 


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