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Gas Pumps Hacked for $300K at BP Station in New Jersey

Gas Pumps Hacked for $300K at BP Station in New Jersey
Mario Rosas Delavega Rocha (Union County Prosecutor's Office)

By    |   Friday, 15 June 2018 12:50 PM

Gas pumps were hacked for $300K at a New Jersey service station, allegedly by a computer-savvy attendant who pocketed the cash over nearly three years.

Mario Rosas Delavega Rocha, 42, who had worked at an Elizabeth BP for nine years, was arrested at his home on Wednesday on charges of second-degree theft, NJ.com reported.

The gasoline company first noticed discrepancies in its books in 2015 and called in inspectors to investigate.

First they looked at the obvious causes such as mechanical problems or issues with equipment, but something didn’t add up.

It was only when they began in-depth computer diagnostic tests that they saw a pattern emerge.

The fuel loss was only occurring during the early hours of the morning, when Rocha was on the job, they said

Authorities charged Rocha had been able to conceal fuel sales by manipulating computer equipment on the gas pumps, NBC New York reported.

He allegedly managed to pocket hundreds of dollars each day without being detected, which amounted to about was $100,000 per year, almost five times his $22,000 annual income.

When authorities reviewed Rocha's bank and credit records, they said they found six figures’ worth of deposits and expenditures had been made.

In a more elaborate scheme, Russian authorities recently detained a man after he reportedly created a computer virus to steal gasoline from customers of petrol stations, Crime Russia reported.

The malicious software retained seven percent of fuel the clients were supposed to get without reflecting on the counter.

Artificial-intelligence is featuring more prominently in the gasoline business, with more and more retailers reportedly using software to set optimal prices, testing textbook theories of competition.

This has raised concerns among antitrust officials who worry such systems raise prices for consumers.

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