January 31, 2017 Update: ABC News reports that Major League Baseball completed its investigation of the hacking incident and (i) ordered the St. Louis Cardinals to pay $2 million to the Houston Astros within 30 days and (ii) transferred the Cardinals’ top two draft picks in the 2017 draft to the Astros.
July 25, 2016 Update: On July 18, 2016 the court sentenced Chris Correa to 46 months imprisonment and to pay $279,038 in restitution.
In a prior post, I discussed the FBI investigation into whether the St. Louis Cardinals hacked into the Houston Astros’ computer network. At that time, the FBI believed that a Cardinals’ employee was able to do so because the Astros’ General Manager previously worked for the Cardinals and re-used Cardinals’ computer passwords in the Astros’ computer system.
On January 8, 2016, the Cardinals’ former scouting director, Chris Correa, pled guilty to five counts of Unauthorized Access of a Protected Computer. The maximum penalty is a $250,000 fine for each count and five years in prison. Continue reading