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Crawfish Boil: Ground Control scandal news and notes

News and notes from yesterday's bombshell news about the F.B.I. investigating the Cardinals for hacking Ground Control.

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The Astros have been a runaway train of news this season, taking first place, calling up prospect, and now a new chapter of the Ground Control scandal. The New York Times dropped a bombshell that the Cardinals appear to be a source of the compromise of the Astros internal system. Of course, the internet had their opinion on the subject. Here Are some of the best.

Astros: Information gets dated ‘pretty quickly’ - Ultimate Astros
In the age of big data, the Astros and senior technical architect Ryan Hallahan built their own store of baseball information, made to be accessible and adaptable as the team pushed the cutting edge of decision-making tools.

What The Cardinals Learned From Hacking The Astros
You may be wondering exactly what information the St. Louis Cardinals got their hands on when they hacked into the Houston Astros’ proprietary database. Well, thanks to whoever publicly leaked the hacked documents last summer, we can provide at least a partial answer to that question.

Eat Shit, Cardinals
By now, you know that the St. Louis Cardinals—the sports equivalent of the Duggar clan—are currently under investigation by the FBI for hacking into a Houston Astros database. (The FBI! That means they’re fucked.) And not only did they allegedly hack into another team’s system, but they allegedly did it in the clumsiest, most easily detectable way possible. Unlike other over-covered sports scandals, this one includes actual crime! Real cheating! A legitimate threat to the integrity of the game! THIS IS NOT WINNING THE RIGHT WAY.

Dear Cardinals fans, this is why nobody likes you -
Don't be like these fans.

Breach into Astros' data may be Cardinal sin - Houston Chronicle
Sports espionage, once the province of those who stole signs and spied on practices, has moved into the realm of cyberspace as federal officials investigate whether St. Louis Cardinals employees illegally accessed the Astros' "Ground Control" baseball operations computer database.

FBI investigating Cardinals for hacking Astros' database, per report -
The investigation was opened after proprietary information from the Astros was posted to the Internet in 2014.

No matter how big the alleged Cardinals-Astros hack was, expect the feds to take it seriously | HardballTalk
Especially if they invoke the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

The Legal Implications of the Cardinals’ Alleged Hacking | FanGraphs Baseball
Daily baseball statistical analysis and commentary.

Gordon: No reason for Cards to act like Patriots : Sports
It's too bad Tony La Russa isn't still managing the Cardinals. His buddy Bill Belichick would have called to commiserate about the brewing HackGate controversy that has triggered a FBI investigation.

Sign-stealing goes high-tech in FBI probe of Cardinals for allegedly hacking Astros
In the grand scheme of things, the ramifications of tapping into another team's database are a lot greater than the edge provided by deflating footballs.

Astros County: Your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill: Why would the Cardinals hack the Astros?
Oh man this has been fun. The Cardinals have been exposed as anything from vindictive little punknuts (at best) and criminally responsible for hacking into the Astros' system (at worst).

Astros County: Your Neighborhood Astros Blog & Grill: Analyzing the Cardinals breach of the Astros
A year ago when the Houston Astros' breach was reported I wrote up a piece analyzing the breach for the Crawfish Boxes. There wasn't a lot to analyze based on the details at the time, but that changed today with the running of this New York Times article by Michael S. Schmidt.