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Tesla attributes Data Breach affecting 75,000 people

What To Know

  • In a letter addressed to its employees, Company mentioned, “Although we have not found any evidence of the data being misused in a way that might harm you, we are still informing you about this incident to ensure you are aware of what occurred and the steps we have taken.
  • Company provided further details about the incident in a communication to its employees, confirming the date of the breach as May 10th and verifying that Handelsblatt had acquired confidential information belonging to Tesla.
  • The company’s investigation revealed that two former Tesla employees had improperly accessed and shared the information, in direct violation of Company’s IT security and data protection policies, ultimately passing it on to the media outlet.
  • The company also mentioned that it took legal action, resulting in the confiscation of devices believed to hold the data, and obtained court orders that forbid the former employees from further using, accessing, or sharing the information.

Earlier this year, a data breach affecting over 75,000 individuals associated with Tesla was caused by actions within the company, as stated on the Attorney General website of Maine. The impacted group, consisting of 75,735 people, likely comprised current or former Tesla employees.

In a letter addressed to its employees, Company mentioned, “Although we have not found any evidence of the data being misused in a way that might harm you, we are still informing you about this incident to ensure you are aware of what occurred and the steps we have taken.”

The breach took place on May 10th when the German newspaper Handelsblatt received 100GB of data from various sources within Tesla. This collection of “Tesla files” contained approximately 23,000 internal documents, detailing around 2,400 instances of self-acceleration problems and about 1,500 reports concerning issues with the braking function.

Among these cases were 139 complaints about unintended emergency braking and 383 incidents of phantom stops attributed to false collision warnings.

Company provided further details about the incident in a communication to its employees, confirming the date of the breach as May 10th and verifying that Handelsblatt had acquired confidential information belonging to Tesla.

The company’s investigation revealed that two former Tesla employees had improperly accessed and shared the information, in direct violation of Company’s IT security and data protection policies, ultimately passing it on to the media outlet.

The compromised data also included the names and contact details of employees, encompassing physical addresses, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers. Company noted, “The media outlet has expressed its intention not to publish personal information, and in any case, is legally prevented from using it improperly.”

The company also mentioned that it took legal action, resulting in the confiscation of devices believed to hold the data, and obtained court orders that forbid the former employees from further using, accessing, or sharing the information.

In the previous year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration initiated an investigation into Tesla’s issue of phantom braking, prompted by complaints from vehicle owners. Furthermore, in August 2022, reports emerged regarding a class-action lawsuit against Tesla related to the same problem.

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