Insider threat leads to Tesla data breach

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A Tesla employee has reportedly stole about 100GB of data related to the automaker and handed it over to a media company, which has now released a portion of the details. According to a German media resource Handelsblatt, the leaked information from the Tesla Files include sensitive details related to 100,000 names of current and former employees including the social security number of Tesla CEO Elon Musk his itinerary for the next few months.

It is unclear how the employee got hold of the data and whether he/she was coaxed to do so by the company in exchange for monetary benefits.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learnt that the employee who was shown the door a few weeks back, might have downloaded the information file and might have sold it to the news resource for a fat pay cheque. Presumably, the leaked info includes 1400 PDF files, 1015 excel sheets, 213 power point presentations and 1000s of customer complaints related to auto-pilot cars.

Concerningly, the siphoned data also includes customer information where one can easily track down the details of a customer by just typing the VIN number of a purchased Tesla model- mainly auto-pilot and the autonomous cars.

What if the tesla data leak reaches some evil minds who use various hacking techniques to take control of the purchased models?

Joseph Alm, the leader of the Legal Counsel Litigation, Tesla, Inc, said that the company was aware of the incident and is busy investigating it deeply to unravel the Tesla information leak.

As the electric car maker failed to safeguard the information of its customers and employees, the Dutch data watchdog is planning to investigate the Tesla Data Breach through a special team comprising senior law enforcement authorities of Netherlands and might slap a heavy penalty, if/when the firm is found guilty.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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