The worst thing that could have happened to a major league team just happened to the Houston Astros yesterday. Someone anonymously hacked into the Astros' private online trade database -- known as "Ground Central"-- and posted all Astros trade discussions over the past 10 months on a website called AnonBin, a place where users can share hacked or leaked internal information, while remaining anonymous.
Deadspin reported the findings, and shared some of the highlights. The Astros released the following statement in regards to the hacking of their system:
"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.”