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Tesla hit by major personal data breach

Two former Tesla employees leaked the personal data of 75,735 employees and gave it to a German media outlet.

This is a new case that Tesla would have done well without. The American manufacturer announced on Friday that the personal information of 75,735 of its employees was recently compromised.

According to company statements, two former employees were responsible for this major leak, having violated Tesla’s IT security and data protection policies. This information was reported in a complaint filed with the Maine State Attorneyin the USA.

Production secrets leaked

A Tesla privacy officer revealed that these former employees allegedly illegally obtained and shared this data with a news organization.

The compromised data allegedly contains sensitive information, such as the phone numbers, addresses and email addresses of 75,735 employees, as well as company production secrets. These data were disclosed to the German economic newspaper Handelsblatt, who has obviously undertaken not to divulge them and not to use them.

The scale of this data leak raises serious concerns about the safety of Tesla employees, as well as the protection of sensitive company information. The exposed data could potentially be used for malicious purposes, putting the privacy and security of affected employees at risk.

Not a first for Tesla

This isn’t the first time Tesla has faced data security issues. Back in May, information had already leaked, including customer complaints about the automaker’s vehicles and self-driving software. This information, dubbed “Tesla Files”, contained 100 gigabytes of confidential data, including Elon Musk’s social security number.

Tesla has filed lawsuits against the two former employees suspected of orchestrating the leak. In addition, the American courts have issued an injunction prohibiting any former employee of the company from manipulating or distributing confidential data, under pain of severe criminal penalties.

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