Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said that is “absolutely false” that the hacking of the team’s database by employees of the St. Louis Cardinals was due to the Astros' failure to change passwords.
In an exclusive interview with Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter, Luhnow said he knows the protocol of password security and did his best to protect the information on the team’s internal computer systems.
“I absolutely know about password hygiene and best practices. I’m certainly aware of how important passwords are, as well as of the importance of keeping them updated,” Luhnow told Reiter. “A lot of my job in baseball, as it was in high tech, is to make sure that intellectual property is protected. I take that seriously and hold myself and those who work for me to a very high standard.”
The New York Times reported earlier this week that the Cardinals are under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Department of Justice, who are determining whether St. Louis was behind an effort to steal information from the Astros' database, called Ground Control.
Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak told USA Today that he “unequivocally” knew nothing about the hacking scandal and that he is cooperating with the investigation.
"I just hope it's something that doesn't linger for us," Mozeliak said. "This organization has stood for a lot of positive things over the last couple of decades."
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