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See this man? His name is Christopher Correa. He did a very bad thing with a computer. Today a Federal Judge sentenced him to 46 months behind bars and ordered him to pay almost $300,000 in restitution to his victims.
“This is a very serious offense, and obviously the court saw it as well,” US Attorney Kenneth Magidson said, feeling justifiably proud of himself for having secured a verdict meant to deliver a very important message — accessing Top Secret information and sharing it with others will not be tolerated no matter how powerful or well connected you are.
Correa’s crime? Hacking into the scouting files of the Houston Astros baseball club.
Jeff Luhnow, the Astros General Manager, used to work for Correa’s employer, the St. Louis Cardinals. When he went to Houston he took several other Cards employees with him. One of them was told to surrender his laptop and its password to Correa.
Thinking that the ex-employee might use a similar password at his new workplace, Correa hacked into the Astros system and stole information leading up to the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft.
Steal baseball information and what do you get? Jail time, poverty, and the end of a career. Put state secrets on a homebrew server that’s easily hacked by the Chinese, the Russians and just about every 12-year-old boy in his basement? The Democratic nomination for the White House and a stern, “Bad girl! Bad girl!” from the FBI.
Is there any wonder America no longer has trust in her institutions of government?