Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Former Cardinals Official Pleads Guilty to Hacking Astros

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

Sports Briefs: Former Cardinals Official Pleads Guilty to Hacking Astros

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FORMER CARDINALS OFFICIAL PLEADS GUILTY TO HACKING ASTROS: The former scouting director of the St. Louis Cardinals pleaded guilty in federal court Friday to hacking into the player database and email system of the Houston Astros in an unusual case of high-tech cheating involving two Major League Baseball clubs.

Chris Correa pleaded guilty to five counts of unauthorized access of a protected computer from 2013 to at least 2014, the same year he was promoted to director of baseball development in St. Louis. Correa, 35, was fired last summer and faces up to five years in prison on each charge when he is sentenced April 11.

U.S. Attorney Kenneth Magidson said the hacking cost the Astros about $1.7 million, taking into account how Correa used the Astros' data to draft players. …

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