Houston Astros release statement on leaked information

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The Houston Astros had a worse Monday than you did. That’s because the general public was made aware of leaked information from their private database that includes the decision making process, internal discussions, and negotiations with other general managers on multiple moves and trades.

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In a statement released by the team on Monday afternoon, the Astros indicated that they were already aware of the breach as of last month and that they have notified the FBI about the situation. Here is the statement, courtesy of MLB.com:

"“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.”"

That last bit about the embellished and fabricated information is understandable; in order to save face and maintain a sliver of a competitive advantage, the Astros have to maintain a company line that the information that does accurately represent the inner-workings of their organization.

Any reasonable person can appreciate that, and maybe it’s the case, but it seems hard to believe that some of the information would be accurate but then the hackers would go to the trouble of fabricating other tidbits. It’s possible, but it seems unlikely. Whatever the case may be, the Astros seriously had a worse Monday than you did.