Major League Baseball considers action against the Cardinals over database hack
On Monday, July 20, 2016, a Texas federal judge sentenced the former St. Louis Cardinals director of baseball development, Christopher Correa, to 46 months in prison for hacking1 into the Houston Astros’ player personnel database. The move has been considered a form of espionage, noting the unusual nature of two Major League Baseball (MLB) clubs being involved in high-tech cheating.2
In January 2016, Correa plead guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to 2014. Correa was fired, forced to pay restitution, and faced up to five years in prison per count. Correa has expressed his remorse, while Cardinals chairman, Bill DeWitt Jr., suggested that this is not indicative3 of the entire organization, rather a “roguish behavior” carried out by a small group of individuals.
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- Tags: Baseball | Criminal Law | Disciplinary | Intellectual Property | Major League Baseball (MLB) | United States of America (USA)
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