What on Earth were they thinking?
Last week brought the dumbfounding, head-scratching news that members of the St. Louis Cardinals front office are under investigation for hacking into a Houston Astros database chock full of proprietary information, including stats, salary records, and scouting reports. Granted, it wasn’t the world’s most sophisticated hack (Pro tip: If you leave your employer for a competitor, get yourself a new password!), but it is striking for being the first known instance of corporate espionage in the history of American professional sports. And it puts the Astros alongside Target and Sony Pictures on an ever-growing list of organizations of all stripes that have felt the embarrassing and costly sting of cybercrime.