Impact News: In case you have been living in a cave, the St Louis Cardinals are being investigated by the FBI for possibly hacking into the computer database of the Houston Astros. The incident reportedly occurred last year into an Astros database called “Ground Control.” Now it appears there are more incidents and at least one appears to be at the hand of the Cardinals director of scouting, Chris Correa.
While not stated officially, the Cardinals have fired the now former scouting director for his involvement in the case. A lawyer for the Cardinals chairman and the Cardinals GM would not comment due to ongoing internal and FBI investigations. That is about all you needed to hear.
Short Term Impact: Expect the St Louis Cardinals, MLB and, the FBI to continue to conduct their investigations. Do not be surprised to see the Cardinals fire one or two more individuals with involvement in the hacking of the Houston Astros. This is akin to an NCAA football or college basketball program levying internal sanctions and punishments. The goal here is to avoid harsher penalties from the governing body, in this case MLB. All this is irrelevant to the FBI as they will continue to gather all the data points they need before dropping the hammer in federal court.
Long Term Impact: As I mentioned previously, if founded, MLB will levy some kind of punishment to the organization. They will not lose championships, wins, or anything of that nature but you can expect some combination of heavy fines, restrictions in free agency, or possible limitations to farm system regulations. In this case, for MLB, the self-imposed actions by the Cardinals organization will help them in their punishment phase.
The Federal Government is a whole different animal. The CFAA has varying levels of punishment depending on the offense. For people like Chris Correa, if he is found to be guilty, he can expect that the firing he received from the Cardinals will be a walk in the park compared to the possible jail time. Make no mistake about it, the feds like to make examples of people and the higher profile the person the better.
Expect the feds to go after every person involved in this case. If you believe what is reported, then Chris Correa did not leak the information and was merely checking to see if proprietary information was taken. That will not help him much but that means it was not a rogue actor but rather a consortium of some level in order to track data. Those that leaked information will receive harsher punishment from the feds based on the verbiage of the CFAA. More to come for sure.
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