Tuesday, 19 July 2016

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The Federal Court came down hard on a former scouting director for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday, sentencing Christopher Correa to almost four years in prison for hacking into a computer system that belongs to the Houston Astros. 

Correa, who until last summer served as Director of Baseball Development for the Cardinals, was sentenced to 46 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $279,038 in restitution. Correa was fired from the team in July 2015, shortly before being indicted and arrested in connection to the hack.

In January, prior to yesterday’s sentencing, Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer to Lynn Hughes, a United States Judge for District Court for the Southern District of Texas in Houston. At the time, Correa claimed he had accessed the Astros’ database because he believed the team was in possession of Cardinals proprietary information, something the Astros went onto to deny. 

While the sentencing may sound steep, the charges are about in line with those leveraged around the go-to law on hacking, 1986’s Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). The charges are actually less than the maximum Correa had faced for each count initially: a penalty of five years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.

News of the breach first surfaced in June 2014 when Astros GM Jeff Luhnow – who scouted for the Cardinals from 2003 through 2011 – told reporters that someone had accessed the team’s servers and trade talks.

It was unclear if there would be any repercussions until the FBI announced last summer that it was investigating whether front office personnel with the Cardinals carried out the hack.


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