A San Jose man pleaded guilty in federal court to a computer hack that stopped concession sales for the San Jose Earthquakes, a major league football team, on the opening day of last year’s Earthquakes Stadium.
Salvatore A. La Rosa, 41, admitted to deliberately accessing the online concession administration account for Spectra Food Services and Hospitality without permission on February 29, 2020. According to authorities, La Rosa had worked for the company for nearly five years until he was fired on Jan. 6, 2020.
Officials said that La Rosa deliberately cleared the concession menu and payment choices during its unauthorized access.
The hack prevented the use of all POS tablets used at concession booths and all credit card transactions during the opening game on March 7th, causing long delays in service as concession workers had to tabulate cash transactions by hand.
The hack caused a loss of $ 268,000 on Wednesday, according to a joint statement by the U.S. Department of Justice and the FBI.
The La Rosa hearing is scheduled for May 19 in San Jose. He faces a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of $ 25,000 and a possible refund.