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Hackers in the outfield: Cardinals probed for allegedly hacking AstrosThe St. Louis Cardinals are under scrutiny by the FBI to determine if members of the organization hacked into the internal databases of the Houston Astros. Meanwhile, the hack of password storage site LastPass offers a lesson in two-factor authentication.
Resetting your password is becoming America's new pastime. I'm Bridget Carey. This is your CNET update. [MUSIC] A password storage locker makes a great target for hackers, wouldn't you agree? Then it should come as no surprise to hear that LastPass, a company that lets you store all your passwords online under one master password key was hit by hackers. The company reports that hackers accessed email addresses, password reminders, and the encrypted versions of those master password keys. So if you used LastPass, it's time to change your master password, especially if your reminder clue is easy. Like what was your high school or where were you born. Anyone can easily search for that information on line. It's another reminder that storing all your passwords in one place may not be such a great idea. Because nothing is hack proof. You can best protect yourself by using two factor authentication. Such as having an extra text message code sent to your phone as a second hurdle to logging in. That's an option on last past and other services like Gmail, and you should always use two steps when available. Now I hope the Houston Astros baseball team is using two steps. A year ago the Astros were hacked. Internal messages about trading players leaked online, and it was largely forgotten about, until now. The New York Times was first to report that the FBI is investigating the Saint Louis Cardinals for hacking into the computers of the Astros in an attempt to steal team secrets. Now we hear reports of foreign governments hacking into company servers to dig up dirt but now we're talking about corporate espionage on our own turf. The general manager for the Astros use to work for the Cardinals and he's a big believer in making data driven decisions. You may know it as the money ball phenomenon So grabbing that data could be useful in getting an advantage, and it seems it wasn't a very sophisticated hack, the story says someone may have just used one of the general manager's old passwords to get to the system. It's just like the classic song goes you know the words and it's one two three wrong passwords attempt and you're out at the old ball game Okay I promise I won't sing anymore. Let's transition to video game news. As the E3 conference continues on, Sony and Nintendo revealed new games coming soon to consoles. Nintendo's trying something unique with Amiibo figurines. Select Nintendo characters can be used inside of the next Skylanders game, but only with Nintendo consoles. Donkey Kong and Bowser are the first to cross over into the Skylander universe. That's it for this tech news update, there's plenty more E3 video game coverage at cnet.com. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey. [MUSIC]