On August 28th, Elon Musk, chief executive of Tesla, confirmed that the Tesla plant in Nevada was under cyber attack.
Musk said on his twitter on Thursday local time that this is a serious attack in response to teslaratis report. Teslarati reported that an employee at the Tesla gigafactory factory had helped the FBI thwart a Russian man who had been arrested on August 22 and charged with sabotaging a protected computer.
The 27 year old Egor igorvich kriuchkov tried to recruit an employee of an unnamed company to implant malware into Teslas computer system, the Justice Department said in a statement on Tuesday. According to the US Department of justice, the malware was designed to extract data from the network and extort ransom from the company.
According to the U.S. Department of justice, Egor igorvich kriuchkov promised the employee $1 million after the malware was implanted into the Tesla computer network.
Teslarati reported in local time that the Tesla employee contacted by egorgigorovich kriuchkov spoke Russian and had access to the companys computer network. According to the report, the employee issued a report warning to Tesla, and Tesla subsequently reported the case to the Federal Bureau of investigation.
Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment.