Tesla: sabotage at a California factoryZDNet

Tesla sabotage at a California factoryZDNet - Tesla: sabotage at a California factoryZDNet

Tesla informed workers at its Fremont, Calif., Plant that a former employee had "sabotaged" the plant's operations. According to an internal memo viewed by BloombergQuint, the incident occurred at the 500,000 square meter facility. Formerly a General Motors site, Tesla now uses the plant to produce vehicles, including the Model S, X and 3, as well as automotive components.

The article states that the staff member "maliciously sabotaged" part of the plant, disrupting operations for several hours. Tesla's vice president of legal services, Al Prescott, says IT security teams and ISD were alerted when the individual attempted to "destroy a company computer." To confuse the issue, the individual then tried to accuse a colleague.

An internal investigation was conducted, and the employee confessed when shown evidence of his actions. He was subsequently fired. It does not appear that local law enforcement officials were involved in this affair. Tesla took the opportunity to warn employees that unethical behavior is unacceptable and clarified that the company "would take aggressive action to defend the company and its staff."

Attempted hacking from Russia

This is not the only incident where the automaker has been targeted for destruction or cyber espionage. Last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk claimed that a hacking attempt had taken place at his company, in which a Russian national attempted to recruit an employee to install malware on the company's network, in exchange for a million dollars.

The malware was designed to exfiltrate sensitive company data and upload it to an external server. Once in the hands of the hackers, Tesla would then have been the subject of a ransom demand, under penalty of seeing the stolen files published.

Source: ZDNet.com

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