In what sounds like a story line from a fictional thriller movie, a disgruntled Tesla employee has reportedly been hacking company computer systems and leaking top secret data.
Espionage and sabotage
In a company-wide email titled “some concerning news,” CEO Elon Musk revealed that the employee was unhappy with an internal company decision denying them a promotion.
In the email, later leaked to CNBC, Musk claimed the unnamed saboteur reportedly passed on “highly sensitive” Tesla data to unknown third parties – as well as causing "extensive and damaging sabotage" by hacking into company computer systems to insert program changes into core products.
At this time it has not been confirmed the employee’s role (we now assume former employee), or how they gained access to other users accounts.
Musk goes on the offensive
Despite Tesla overcoming Model 3 and alleged financial and workforce woes in recent weeks – the carmaker is still under heavy scrutiny by critics and the world’s motoring press alike, something which Musk mentions prominently in his email.
He writes: “As you know, there are a long list of organizations that want Tesla to die. These include Wall Street short-sellers, who have already lost billions of dollars and stand to lose a lot more.
"Then there are the oil & gas companies, the wealthiest industry in the world — they don't love the idea of Tesla advancing the progress of solar power & electric cars. Don't want to blow your mind, but rumor has it that those companies are sometimes not super nice.
"Then there are the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors. If they're willing to cheat so much about emissions, maybe they're willing to cheat in other ways?”
Musk goes on to say that the company will continue to investigate. "We need to figure out if he was acting alone or with others at Tesla and if he was working with any outside organizations," he said.