December 4, 2023

Damian Williams, the United States Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, declared that JOSHUA STREIT, a/k/a Josh Brody,” was sentenced now in Manhattan federal courtroom by United States District Decide Andrew L. Carter for conducting intrusions into Key League Baseball (“MLB”) computer systems and illegally streaming copyrighted content from MLB, the National Basketball Association (the “NBA”), the National Soccer League (the “NFL”), and the National Hockey League (the “NHL”) on a web-site that STREIT operated, which presented the illegally streamed content to the public for profit.   

U.S. Legal professional Damian Williams mentioned:  “Joshua Streit intruded into MLB pc networks and illegally streamed sports content on the net from MLB, the NHL, the NBA, and the NFL for his own personal income.  Today’s sentence demonstrates that this crime is no video game.  Those people who compromise pc networks and steal copyrighted information will be held accountable.”

In accordance to allegations in the Criticism, the Information and facts, and statements made during court docket proceedings:

Beginning in or about 2017 to in or about August 2021, STREIT operated a web site which streamed copyrighted material, mainly livestreamed games from main professional sports leagues, which include MLB, the NBA, the NFL, and the NHL, which STREIT had no authorization to stream.  STREIT attained the copyrighted content by gaining unauthorized obtain to the web sites for all those sporting activities leagues by way of misappropriated login qualifications from authentic consumers of these internet websites.  Just one of the target sports leagues sustained losses of somewhere around $3 million owing to STREIT’s carry out.

In addition, at the same time STREIT was illicitly streaming copyrighted content material from MLB, STREIT engaged in an try to extort roughly $150,000 from MLB through a threat from STREIT to publicize unrelated vulnerabilities in MLB’s internet infrastructure.  Particularly, in various communications with MLB workforce, STREIT claimed that he realized MLB reporters who ended up “interested in the tale,” and stated that it would be undesirable if the vulnerability had been exposed and MLB was ashamed.

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In addition to the prison sentence, STREIT, 31, of St. Louis Park, Minnesota, was sentenced to three decades of supervised launch and purchased to shell out $2,995,272.64 in restitution and $500,000 in forfeiture.

Mr. Williams praised the fantastic work of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  He also thanked MLB, the NBA, the NFL, and the NHL for their ongoing support and aid with the situation.

The situation is being dealt with by the Office’s Advanced Frauds and Cybercrime Unit, and Assistant U.S. Lawyer Dina McLeod is in charge of the prosecution.