This Basic Security Mistake Led to the Houston Astros Hack That Shook Baseball

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This Basic Security Mistake Led to the Houston Astros Hack That Shook Baseball


Byline: Andrea Peterson Washington Post

Former St. Louis Cardinals executive Christopher Correa was sentenced to 46 months in prison this week for violating federal hacking laws as part of a cyberespionage campaign that shook the world of baseball last summer. Correa's crime sounds high tech at first glance: He broke into the Houston Astros' online statistics database, siphoning valuable information about scouting reports, trade negotiations and player analytics that can make or break a team's strategies.

But details of the breach revealed in the plea deal Correa struck in January showed that he wasn't some criminal mastermind. Instead, his data heist hinged on one of the most common security mistakes: a bad password.

When a Cardinals staffer identified as Victim A in the court documents -- thought by many to be Jeff Luhnow, a former Cardinals scout who is the Astros' general manager -- left for the Houston team in December 2011, he was told to hand over his work laptop and its password to Correa, according to court documents.

Correa then used variations of the former employee's password to try to access the Astros' stats database, dubbed "Ground Control."

By March 2013, Correa had guessed the employee's new password and used his login to spy on the information in Ground Control. …

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