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Feds say man illegally streaming professional sports games tried to extort $150,000 from MLB

A Minnesota man was charged Thursday with trying to extort $150,000 from the MLB as he illegally streamed copyrighted content from major professional sports leagues online.

Joshua Streit, 30, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was charged in a criminal complaint filed in Manhattan federal court with extortion, accessing a protected computer to commit fraud for personal gain, wire fraud and illicit digital transmission.

It was not immediately clear who will represent him at an initial appearance in federal court in Minnesota.

Federal authorities said Streit hacked into the computer systems of MLB, the NBA, the NFL and the NHL to stream copyrighted live games before trying to extort $150,000 from MLB with threats to publicize alleged vulnerabilities in MLB’s internet infrastructure.

Michael J. Driscoll, head of New York’s FBI office, said in a release that Streit—also known as Josh Brody—“hacked into the systems of several of our country’s biggest professional sports leagues and illegally streamed copyrighted live games.”

“Instead of quitting while he was ahead, he allegedly decided to continue the game by extorting one of the leagues, threatening to expose the very vulnerability he used to hack them,” Driscoll said.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 28, 2021 at 05:56 PM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Zach Posted: October 28, 2021 at 06:02 PM (#6049711)
See that guy over there? He's rebroadcasting major league baseball with implied oral consent, not express written consent!
   2. the Hugh Jorgan returns Posted: October 28, 2021 at 06:51 PM (#6049718)
Anonymous scoffs at your soft targets and your lack of ability to be caught.
   3. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: October 28, 2021 at 06:56 PM (#6049720)
“Instead of quitting while he was ahead, he allegedly decided to continue the game by extorting one of the leagues, threatening to expose the very vulnerability he used to hack them,”


Jesus, some people just can't leave well enough alone. What a moron.

HELP THE NEEDY, NOT THE GREEDY
   4. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 28, 2021 at 07:06 PM (#6049725)

"the MLB"
   5. winnipegwhip Posted: October 28, 2021 at 07:33 PM (#6049731)
First thing a good defense lawyer should do is get a change of venue for the case to Iowa.
   6. Cris E Posted: October 31, 2021 at 03:17 PM (#6050366)
Authorities said Streit used login credentials from legitimate users of sports league websites to gain access to live feeds that he then streamed over a website he operated.


Genius! My God, how long has this vulnerability existed? And no one else has discovered it? The league has got to do something immediately!
   7. My name is Votto, and I love to get Moppo Posted: October 31, 2021 at 10:37 PM (#6050443)
Im as Robin Hood as the next guy, but trying to extort a multi-billion dollar Corp is probably not going to work out.
   8. Papa Squid Posted: November 01, 2021 at 10:01 AM (#6050486)
This was hehestreams, looks like. They went offline a couple months ago rather suddenly. Was not a member, but I remember them claiming that something like 3-5% of subscribers were pro athletes, mostly NBA I think. Like, NBA doesn't even give League Pass or a discount to its employees?

I believe you could quad screen multi-sport, which would be unique. As far as I can tell, MLB's the only one you can display 4 games at once in the same window. NHL only offers 2. In Canada, I use DAZN for NFL and EPL, and I gotta open separate windows if I want to watch multiple games. League Pass is a non-starter because many games are already on nationally on TSN/Sportsnet/NBATV and are excluded.
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: November 01, 2021 at 10:15 AM (#6050487)
threats to publicize alleged vulnerabilities in MLB’s internet infrastructure
Anyone else relieved to learn that this didn't involve nude photos of Rob Manfred?
   10. Russ Posted: November 01, 2021 at 11:14 AM (#6050496)
In Canada, I use DAZN for NFL and EPL, and I gotta open separate windows if I want to watch multiple games.


Interestingly enough, the Apple TV DAZN app lets you show up to four. Back when I was tele-working during COVID, this was the best way to watch UCL and Europa league matches. Proper football is the easiest sport to watch four games at a time.

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