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Astros release statement on security breach

Jun 30, 2014, 6:21 PM EDT

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We learned earlier today that the Astros’ much-ballyhooed  “Ground Control” computer system was hacked — or at least someone who had access to it leaked a bunch of information — giving insight to various trade discussions the team has had across MLB. Per Brian McTaggart of, the Astros released the following statement this afternoon in response to the Deadspin report:

 “Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros’ servers and in Astros’ applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI.  Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB security and the FBI to the determine the party, or parties, responsible.  This information was illegally obtained and published, and we intend to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent.

“It is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that an outside source has illegally obtained confidential information.  While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated.”

This leak could make things a little uncomfortable for the Astros, not just with other teams around MLB, but also with their own players, so it makes sense that they’d go into damage control mode by mentioning that some of the information was embellished or fabricated.

Interestingly, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that Deadspin did not give a heads up on the story prior to publishing it. However, Deadspin claims that they emailed someone in the front office first.

  1. migoli - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:29 PM

    Why would the hacker add info that wasn’t true? Makes no sense. I’d bet 100% of the info is totally legit.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    Ruh roh Shaggy…

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jun 30, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    They should be prosecuting the person who thought Bud Norris was worth Dylan Bundy.

  4. Hard On For Harden - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    I have trust in this regime with baseball operations, but the PR is lacking and always has with Crane. Just acknowledge your pursuing it legally and leave out the added statements part. It’s not like anything or damaging was revealed, pretty standard stuff.

    • carpi2 - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:15 PM

      Except for the fact that illegally hacking a person’s/organization’s private information is against the law. And, if the the victim decides to peruse legal action, the offending party can find themselves in some hot water. This all hinges on the fact if the FBI can actually find the hacker, of course.

      • Hard On For Harden - Jun 30, 2014 at 10:59 PM

        Please refer to the “just acknowledge youre pursuing it legally” part.

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:20 AM

      I’m on the fence about baseball operations. Things are better but they have a long way to go. As to other stuff, look at the cable deal to see that they are really pretty inept. Look at the PR disasters based on who was hired and fired when the new regime took over.

      I really thought Crane would handle a lot of the stuff with more professionalism.

      But this hack job is almost like Business Security 101. I can’t believe that with all the geeks they hired they couldn’t get one IT guy who could do system security right.

  5. scatterbrian - Jun 30, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Some of the datetimes are in the future, which kind of adds credence to the fabrication claim.

  6. flamethrower101 - Jun 30, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    And where is MLB’s statement? Hmm…? They can release a statement on Frank Cashen’s death (May he rest in peace) which was announced right around the time this came out, and MLB is completely silent?

  7. thisdamnbox - Jul 1, 2014 at 2:16 AM

    I don’t get the hacking and publishing of proprietary info. Just because a person has the skills to do it doesn’t mean they should. I can see if they were defrauding the public or government, cheating somebody, but what’s the point of hacking a baseball team?

    • stex52 - Jul 1, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      They do it because they can. Sad news. People are like that.

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