San Jose Man Given Prison Sentence For Hacking Concession Stands At Earthquakes Soccer Stadium

A San Jose man has been sentenced to 20 months in federal prison after confessing to a computer hack on concession stand services during an Earthquakes soccer match last year.

According to a report from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Salvatore LaRosa, 41-years old, was convicted and given the 20 year sentence along with a $268,733 fine for restitution after admitting to the hack. LaRosa was also give a three year period of supervised release.

LaRosa was employed by Spectra Food Services & Hospitality, which provides food and concession services for the San Jose Earthquakes Stadium but was terminated in early 2020. 

Prosecutors say he logged into an administrative portal for the stadium and deleted menu and payment selections, crippling concession services.

Following the hack, Spectra offered a 50% discount to customers following the home game on March 7, 2020. This would be the last game of the season where fans could attend, as COVID-19 restrictions prevented attendance for the remainder of the 2020 season.

Spectra and U.S. prosecutors estimated that the total losses from the hack amounted to $268,733, the sum of which LaRosa will be mandated to pay per the court ruling.

The FBI investigated the incident and charged LaRosa with intentional damage to a protected computer in October 2020. LaRosa pled guilty to the offense in February 2021.

LaRosa is currently out on bond and will begin his sentence on July 28 according to the statement.

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