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Tesla staff member turned down a million dollar bribe

by on28 August 2020

Saved Tesla from a serious cybersecurity attack

Elon Musk said Tesla Inc’s factory in Nevada could have been hit by a “serious” cybersecurity attack, but was saved by an employee of the company who turned down a one million dollar Russian bribe to install malware.

News website Teslarati said that the electric carmaker was the unnamed company in a statement issued by the US Department of Justice on Tuesday about a Russian national's arrest, in connection with a planned attack on an unidentified company.

“This was a serious attack”, Musk said in a tweet, in response to the Teslarati article.

The Justice Department said Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, a Russian national, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer by trying to recruit an employee to introduce malware into a system.

The malware was aimed at extracting data from the network and then to threaten the company for ransom money, the statement said.

According to the Justice Department, Kriuchkov had promised the employee an incentive of $1 million upon introducing the malware into the system.

But the employee alerted the FBI, who were successful in thwarting the attack, a complaint filed by the FBI’s Las Vegas Field Office showed.


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