Tesla Sues Former Employee for Hacking and Theft

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hellbent on chewing out a disgruntled employee

Tesla CEO Elon Musk is hellbent on chewing out a disgruntled

A former employee hacked into computers at Tesla's Nevada battery factory, stole confidential information and combined it with falsehoods in leaks to the media, the electric vehicle maker alleged in a federal lawsuit.

"We continue to expect that Tesla's solar and battery business will be the same size as automotive over the long term", the company said in a statement.

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For the time being, Tripp has confessed to "writing software that hacked Tesla's manufacturing operating system ("MOS") and to transferring several gigabytes of Tesla data to outside entities". Tripp's hacking of Tesla systems was seemingly created to export confidential information - not delay the manufacturing process or cause fires - and it appears that all of his actions were retaliation against Tesla for perceived mistreatment, rather than industrial espionage.

In an email to employees last week, Musk said that as Tesla has grown over recent years, there has been some resulting "duplication of roles and ... job functions that ... are hard to justify today". The Reuters report coming on the heels of Tesla's announcement last week to cut 9% of its workforce.

Because of this, the company is suing him for $1m.

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Asked if Tripp was the employee Musk had suggested was behind the sabotage, Musk tweeted Wednesday, "There is more, but the actions of a few bad apples will not stop Tesla from reaching its goals".

Except Tripp - who used to worship Musk - is adamant that it's not what it looks like.

Tripp said he left his previous job with a medical-device company and moved his family to Nevada to work for Tesla, believing it was "a golden opportunity". Tesla has requested court-backed access to Tripp's computers, USB drives, cloud accounts and message histories to find "the extent to which Tesla trade secrets were wrongfully taken or sent to others".

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Tripp claims all of this is false and that he never hacked anything, saying he doesn't even possess the coding skills that would require. According to the lawsuit, this is one of the reasons why the automaker is seeking an unspecified sum of reimbursement from Tripp. "I'm a scapegoat because I provided information that is absolutely true", he said. He also claimed that Tesla's assertion that he was disgruntled after being passed over for a promotion, Tripp said: "That's their generic excuse, I could literally care less". Reuters said it learned of Tesla's solar-business plans after it received company emails and other documents outlining Tesla's plans.

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