Elon Musk confirms Tesla gigafactory was target of foiled cyberattack

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Justice Department accuses Russian man of conspiring to hack network, hold data for ransom


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Elon Musk confirmed Thursday that the Tesla Inc. gigafactory in Nevada was the target of a cyberattack that was foiled by the FBI.

The blog Teslarati reported Thursday that a Russian man approached a worker at the factory in July through the WhatsApp chat app, and offered him $1 million to install malware into Tesla’s internal network that would cause a distributed denial-of-service attack. While Tesla’s cybersecurity team was distracted by the DDoS attack, the malware would access corporate secrets that the hackers could hold for ransom. Instead, the worker reported it to officials at Tesla, who alerted the FBI. He reportedly pretended to go along with the plan and wore a wire during future meetings with the Russian man, who was arrested Aug. 22 in Los Angeles in an apparent attempt to flee the U.S.

In a tweet replying to the Teslarati report, Musk confirmed “This was a serious attack.”
The Teslarati report lines up with a criminal complaint filed Aug. 23 in U.S. District Court in Nevada that accused Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a Russian national, of attempting to recruit a worker to introduce malware at an unidentified company.

“The purpose of the conspiracy was to recruit an employee of a company to surreptitiously transmit malware provided by the coconspirators into the company’s computer system, exfiltrate data from the company’s network, and threaten to disclose the data online unless the company paid the coconspirators’ ransom demand,” the Justice Department said in the filing.

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Somebody must be getting nervous about Battery Day.
Yeah, I agree. The Big Three are seeing the writing on the wall, and are planning something to throw a wrench in Tesla's plans. They could paralyze the whole fleet, make people lose confidence in Tesla as a whole with just a few well placed "problems". And , of course, make it look like Putin did it, because he's got a lot riding on petroleum...
 

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Yeah, I agree. The Big Three are seeing the writing on the wall, and are planning something to throw a wrench in Tesla's plans. They could paralyze the whole fleet, make people lose confidence in Tesla as a whole with just a few well placed "problems". And , of course, make it look like Putin did it, because he's got a lot riding on petroleum...
Conspiracy much? There is no evidence that I have seen that this is related to corporate sabotage or national action. The only evidence so far is that it was a crime for money.
 
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Conspiracy much? There is no evidence that I have seen that this is related to corporate sabotage or national action. The only evidence so far is that it was a crime for money.
True that there is no proof. But in reality these sort of things do happen. It's just that sometimes there just isn't enough proof to legally prove it.

Tesla is a big target now and the jealousy of it's stock price/market valuation and their lead in EV's can make people do things that people have/can/will do.
 
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