Minnesota man charged with extorting MLB, illegally streaming NBA, NFL and NHL games for profit

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Federal investigators charged a Minnesota man with attempting to take down Major League Baseball for $150,000 after he hacked into the organization’s computer system.

Authorities have also charged the man, Joshua Streit, with illegally streaming content from the country’s largest professional sports leagues for profit.

Streit is accused of operating a website that illegally offered paying subscribers copyrighted content from the MLB, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association and the National Hockey League from 2017 through August 2021, federal authorities announced on Thursday.

Streit obtained the games and other content by obfuscating login credentials of legitimate users of the competition’s streaming websites, according to an indictment.

“One of the victim’s sports leagues has suffered a loss of approximately $3 million as a result of Streit’s conduct,” said a press release from the US Attorney General in Manhattan, which is prosecuting him.

Streit, 30, also known as Joshua Brody, is also charged with attempting to extort MLB this year after allegedly hacking into the league’s computer systems and then threatening to expose the vulnerability he had in the hack. exploited to the public.

Streit started the racketeering scheme at the same time that he was operating MLB’s computer systems to gain unauthorized access to copyrighted content that he was streaming for profit.

Streit, who lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, faces five criminal counts, including wire fraud, access to a secure computer, illegal digital transmission and sending interstate threats.

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