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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The St. Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the F.B.I. and Justice Department for hacking the Houston Astros, according to an article by the New York Times.

According to the New York Times article, investigators have evidence that front-office officials broke into a network of special databases of the Houston Astros. The article states that officials said the databases contained internal discussions regarding trades, proprietary statistics and scouting reports.

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"The FBI aggressively investigates all potential threats to public and private sector systems," read a statement issued by the F.B.I. "Once our investigations are complete, we pursue all appropriate avenues to hold accountable those who pose a threat in cyberspace."

According to the New York Times, law enforcement officials believe the hacking was done by “vengeful front-office employees” who were “hoping to wreak havoc on the work of Jeff Luhnow.” Luhnow worked as an executive with the St. Louis Cardinals until 2011, and is now the general manager of the Astros.

A law enforcement source told CBS News the probe was initiated after officials with the Astros noticed a breach of their internal networks. Investigators said they do not believe the cyber-attack lasted any longer than a couple of months and involved no other Major League Baseball teams. The source said arrests are not believed to be imminent in the case. 

During a pre-game press conference Tuesday, Mike Matheny, the manager of the St. Louis Cardinals, told reporters he was informed of the investigation after being pulled out of a weight room Tuesday morning. He said he has not read the articles and has was unaware of the F.B.I investigation. 

An official with Major League Baseball issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the investigation:

“Major League Baseball has been aware of and has fully cooperated with the federal investigation into the illegal breach of the Astros' baseball operations database.  Once the investigative process has been completed by federal law enforcement officials, we will evaluate the next steps and will make decisions promptly.”

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