Tesla investigates ‘sabotage’ in which code was adjusted and data forwarded




Tesla-ceo Elon Musk has sent an e-mail to the staff, in which he mentions ‘sabotage’ by one employee. It would have adapted code and sent large amounts of data. Tesla investigates the case.

It is unclear what the consequences of the employee’s actions are, even though Musk speaks in the e-mail published by CNBC of ‘fairly extensive and harmful sabotage’. This would consist of ‘adapting code in the Tesla Manufacturing Operating System under false user names’ and ‘exporting large quantities of sensitive data to unknown third parties’. The employee would have admitted the actions and said that it was a retaliation for a non-received promotion.

Tesla is now investigating the case, as is the question of whether the employee might have worked with another organization. According to CNBC Musk later sent an e-mail about a ‘small fire’, which meant that production had to be shut down temporarily. In his e-mail, Musk also calls on employees to be ‘vigilant’, now that Tesla wants to increase the production of its Model 3 car to 5000 copies per week. The production has to do with problems . The number of 5000 cars per week was an expectation that Tesla expressed when presenting its quarterly figures in May. That number had to be achieved within two months.

The company recently announced that it would fire nine percent of its employees as part of a reorganization . That equates to about 3000 people.


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