Stripping away the details -- such as the government breach seems to be the result of a sustained cyberattack, while the hack of the Houston Astros appears to have been enabled by poor password hygiene -- the goal of both attacks seem pretty obvious: Gathering information.
In the baseball hack, investigators told the New York Times that they believed that St. Louis Cardinals officials hacked into an Astros database known as "Ground Control." The break-in reportedly gave the hackers access to highly sensitive information, including internal discussions about trades, propriety statistics and scouting reports. That's the kind of information that could give a team an edge when making strategic decisions about how to play a game or help them out-maneuver a rival when competing for talent.
In short, it's cyberespionage.
And cyberespionage is a major part of the digital war nation-states are currently waging online. China in particular is thought by many to be behind some of the most advanced attacks, including the recent breach at OPM which compromised the personal information of millions of current and former federal workers as well as the system used to process security clearances.
In that case, experts say, the hackers likely weren't attempting to damage computer systems or steal information to secure a financial payout. Instead, some believe it was aimed at building a massive database of Americans for espionage -- recruiting spies or just gaining more information about how the U.S. government works.
When we think about hacking, we often think of a pretty traditional model: Organized cybercriminal rings going after retailers or other targets for data they can monetize, such as credit card or banking information.
And the attacks on the Astros and OPM could produce financial returns: A winning team means more merchandising money, and knowing another country's trade agenda, for instance, could mean an economic edge.
But what these hacks really show is that information is its own form of currency.