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The treatment plant provides water and sewage services to Discovery Bay’s 15,000 residents. In order to manage Discovery Bay’s wastewater treatment facility, Company A, a privately held Massachusetts firm, had an agreement with the city.
According to a press release issued with the US Department of Justice, Gallo purposely shut off the computers that held the critical refinery operational and monitoring systems, as well as the important operational and monitoring systems.
Gallo is then accused of remotely accessing the station’s computer system in January 2021, after leaving Company A, and giving the order to delete a program that was the main node of the station’s computer network and that protected every aspect of the water treatment system, including pressure, filtration, and chemical composition of the water, according to a statement from the Ministry of Justice.
As per 18 U.S.C., “Gallo’s accusation alleges one count of transmitting a program, information, code, and command to damage a protected computer.” The court can additionally impose additional monitored time, additional fines, and other punishments if required. Gallo may get a term of up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.