On Thursday, a man from Minnesota was held accused, attempting to extort $150,000 from the Major League by fraudulently streaming copyrighted video from major professional sports organizations on the internet.
Joshua Streit, 30, has been accused by the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and the FBI of unlawfully streaming video from MLB, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), and the National Football League (NFL) (NFL).
A press release was released by the Law enforcement agencies in which they said that Streit maintained a website where he illegally streamed the sports leagues’ live games for making a profit between the years 2017 to 2021. He gained unauthorized access to the leagues’ websites, and misappropriated login credentials from legitimate subscribers, according to authorities, and his scheme led to losses of about $3 million for one of the “victim sports leagues.”
Streit, also called Joshua Brody, allegedly sought to extort $150,000 from MLB by threatening to disclose the vulnerabilities on its website that he claimed to have discovered, according to officials.
The press release added, “Streit initiated the extortion scheme at the same time that he was exploiting MLB’s computer systems to gain unauthorized access to copyright content that he streamed for profit.”
Wire fraud, gaining access to a secured computer, unauthorized digital transfer, and transmitting interstate threats are among the five charges Streit is charged with.