Tesla, on Friday, 22 January 2021, Tesla sued an ex-employee for hacking their manufacturing operating system and sharing company data.

Tesla, the American electric vehicle giant, has filed a lawsuit alleging a former employee of downloading about 26, 000 sensitive files during his first week.

According to reports from Tesla, Alex Khailtov, Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer joined Tesla, on December 28, 2020, and if reports are to be believed; Khailtov soon after, started downloading sensitive files.

In a complaint filed by Tesla on Friday in the San Jose Division of the US district court of the Northern District of California, “Within three days of being hired by Tesla, Defendant brazenly stole thousands of trade secret computer scripts that took Tesla years to develop.”

Convinced by Tesla’s allegations that the threat posed is severe, and could hamper the company’s spirit, The U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers ordered Khailtov to safeguard the data, and return all files, records, and emails belonging to the company on an urgent basis and has ordered Khailtov to appear before the court, on Feb. 4, remotely.

For Tesla, this is not the first time that the company had to seek help from the court to protect its trading diplomacy from former employees who allegedly had stolen data and passed on information to third parties.

Khailtov, on the other hand, has informed The New York Post, stating, “I’ve been working for, like, 20 years in this industry, and I know what sensitive documents are about, and I never, ever tried to access any of those, or steal it.” 

At the moment, Tesla is looking for damage control means to be determined at trial to barge Khailtov from sharing the stolen files with other parties.

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