San Jose Man, La Rosa Pleads Guilty To Computer Hack That Shut Down Opening Day Concession Sales At San Jose Earthquakes Stadium
Computer Attack upon Concessionaire on Earthquakes 2020 Opening Day Cost Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars in Lost Sales and Expenses
SAN JOSE (STL.News) Salvatore A. La Rosa pleaded guilty today in federal court in San Jose to intentional damage to a protected computer, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair.
La Rosa, 41, of San Jose, admitted in his guilty plea to intentionally accessing Spectra Food Services and Hospitality’s (Spectra) on-line concessions management account for the Earthquakes Stadium without permission on February 29, 2020. The Earthquakes Stadium is home to the San Jose Earthquakes, a Major League Soccer team, and their first home game of the 2020 season was February 29, 2020. Spectra, headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was the concessions contractor for the stadium, and employees used Spectra’s mobile tablets as their Point-of-Sale terminals to sell food and other concession items. The tablets displayed menus and payment selections from an online-based application developed for sports stadiums.
La Rosa admitted in his plea agreement that he was a former employee of Spectra and worked at the stadium from February 14, 2015, until his termination on January 6, 2020.