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According to the reports, an earlier this year Tesla data breach that affected more than 75,000 persons was brought on by “insider wrongdoing.”
Most likely, present or former Tesla employees made up the 75,735 affected individuals.
In a statement to staff, the company stated, “While we have not identified evidence of misuse of the data in a manner that may cause you harm, we are nonetheless providing you with this notice to ensure that you are aware of what happened and the measures we have taken.”
The breach occurred on May 10th
On May 10th, the German-language daily Handelsblatt reported receiving 100GB of data from “several informants” inside Tesla, which led to the discovery of the hack.
According to reports, the “Tesla files” included 23,000 internal documents, including 1,500 cases of brake function issues and 2,400 reports of self-acceleration issues.
The latter includes 383 instances of phantom stops brought on by bogus collision warnings and 139 complaints regarding accidental emergency braking.
Tesla clarified further details regarding the issue in the staff letter, including the May 10 breach date and the fact that Handelsblatt had gotten hold of Tesla’s private data. “The investigation revealed that two former Tesla employees misappropriated the information in violation of Tesla’s IT security and data protection policies and shared it with the media outlet.”
Personal Data Included
Additionally, the employee names and contact details, such as home addresses, email addresses, and mobile numbers, were also included in the data. “The outlet has stated that it does not intend to publish the personal information, and in any event, is legally prohibited from using it inappropriately,” Tesla stated.
The publication continued by stating that multiple lawsuits led to the confiscation of equipment believed to contain the data and that it had “obtained court orders prohibiting the former employees from further use, access, or dissemination of the data.”
Following owner complaints, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched an investigation into Tesla’s phantom braking problem last year. Additionally, it was revealed in August 2022 that Tesla is being sued collectively for the same issue.