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Tesla sues 2 former employees for data breach

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On May 10, 2023, a foreign media outlet named Handelsblatt informed the automotive company that it had obtained Tesla confidential information, according to the notice.

Certain employee-related records were among the confidential information that were affected as part of this incident. These include workers’ names, as well as such as addresses, phone numbers and/or email addresses.

Investigation leads to allegations of data breach

Following an investigation, Tesla found that two former employees misappropriated the information and shared it with the media outlet, in violation of Tesla’s IT security and data protection policies.

Tesla filed lawsuits against the two former employees which resulted to the seizure of the former employees’ electronic devices that were believed to have contained the Tesla information.

The company also obtained court orders that prohibit the former employees from further use, access, or dissemination of the data, subject to criminal penalties. 

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