Elon Musk confirms Tesla was target of attempted Russian cyberattack

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk has now confirmed his company was the target of a Russian cyberattack that could have held the company ransom for millions of dollars.

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Drive Tesla was first to report on Wednesday the news that a Russian citizen entered the US and befriended an employee of Tesla’s Gigafactory 1 in Nevada in attempt to get the employee to install malware on Tesla’s network.

The malware was at first going to appear as a DDoS attack, but its intent was to occupy IT security and mask the second attack. This real attack would access and download critical data from Tesla’s network.

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Fortunately the employee let Tesla know about the plan, who in turn contacted the FBI. A surveillance operation was put in place, leading to the eventual arrest of the suspect on August 22.

Responding to a tweet from Teslarati, which also covered the story and cited our article, Elon Musk confirmed Tesla was “Victim Company 1” in the Justice Department filing.

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