Costs filed in cyber assault on East Bay water remedy plant

DISCOVERY BAY – A 53-year-old Tracy man is dealing with federal legal expenses in reference to an alleged assault on the pc techniques of a Discovery Bay water remedy plant greater than two years in the past, in keeping with the U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace.

Rambler Gallo was a full-time worker of a personal Massachusetts-based firm that contracted with Discovery Bay to function the city’s water remedy plant, prosecutors stated, citing an indictment that was filed June 27 and unsealed Thursday.

The plant offers remedy for the city’s water and wastewater techniques for 15,000 residents.

As the corporate’s “instrumentation and management tech” from July 2016 to December 2020, Gallo was chargeable for sustaining the instrumentation and pc techniques used to handle electromechanical processes on the plant, in keeping with prosecutors.

Throughout that interval, Gallo allegedly put in software program on his private pc and the corporate’s non-public community that allowed him to realize distant entry to the plant’s community, prosecutors stated.

Gallo resigned from the corporate in January 2021. Later that month, he allegedly accessed the plant’s pc system remotely and uninstalled software program that was the primary hub of the plant’s community and that protected your entire water remedy system, together with water stress, filtration and chemical ranges, in keeping with prosecutors.

Gallo is charged with one rely of transmitting a program, data, code and command to trigger injury to a protected pc, prosecutors stated. If convicted, he faces a most statutory penalty of 10 years in jail and a advantageous of $250,000.

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