Tesla accuses former employee of theft of 26,000 confidential files

He only stayed a few days in the company. The automaker Tesla accuses a former employee of having stolen 26,000 confidential files between his hiring on December 28, 2020 and his dismissal for these facts a week later, and filed Friday January 22 a complaint in a court of California. Banned downloads were spotted on January 6, 2021, and this computer engineer, who was teleworking because of the Covid, assured that they were only personal administrative files, according to this complaint consulted by AFP.

But Tesla, who explains having immediately summoned him by videoconference when the downloads were reported, also accuses this ex-employee of having sought to destroy the evidence. The group ensures that during this interview, the engineer refused to give access to his computer, and “could be seen (…) rushing to erase information from his computer”, details the complaint. The man then, at the request of Tesla officials who had summoned him, identified on the Dropbox site, which allows online file storage.

“This revealed that the same confidential Tesla files seen on his laptop were still available through his cloud storage account.”, further indicates the complaint filed by the manufacturer of electric vehicles. Downloads began on December 31, 2020, and lasted until January 4, 2021, with downloads “additional” Jan. 6, according to Tesla.

Downloaded files “have nothing to do with his responsibilities”, and concern the automation of certain manufacturing and marketing processes, which could be useful to a competitor “to create a similar automated system in a fraction of the time and with a fraction of the money Tesla spent to build it”. “After discovering the theft (…) of Tesla’s trade secrets, and due to his repeated lies and cover-ups during the investigation, Tesla fired (the engineer) the same day”, is it still specified. This one explained to New York Post having transferred these documents to their Dropbox by mistake.

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