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Former prosecutor says baseball team employees could go to jail for hacking

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Former prosecutor says baseball team employees could go to jail for hacking

A person familiar with the investigation says the goal of the alleged hacking was to get information from a front office headed by a former top aide in the Cardinals organization

Former prosecutor says baseball team employees could go to jail for hacking

ST. LOUIS (AP) – A former prosecutor says if it turns out that employees of the St. Louis Cardinals illegally hacked into a computer database of the Houston Astros, they could end up facing federal prison time — perhaps up to five years.

Alexander Southwell, now in private practice as a cybersecurity expert, says the most likely charge would involve violation of the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act.

He says the Cardinals themselves probably wouldn’t face criminal charges — unless it could be proved that the team, and not just an employee or a group of employees, was responsible.

Federal authorities are said to be investigating whether someone at the Cardinals hacked into the Astros’ computer. A person familiar with the investigation says the goal of the alleged hacking was to get information from a front office headed by a former top aide in the Cardinals organization.

Another lawyer who specializes in data security, Craig Newman, says it would be “irresponsible” to assume that this is the first time a sports team has gained access to another team’s computer data. Newman says it’s probably just the first time someone has been caught doing so.

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By Colin Jeffery

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