Volkswagen fires employee for exposing Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

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Volkswagen(VW) has fired an employee for raising concerns over vulnerabilities existing in the firm’s payment platforms. The world’s largest carmaker said that the issue was dismissed and the senior employee in question was fired because of some disagreement in work culture.

Cybersecurity Insiders has learnt that the employee was fired for alerting the management about susceptibilities in Volkswagen Payments SA, now a part of JP Morgan since Sept 2021.

Highly placed sources say that the decision to relieve the employee from duty was taken by the VW management after probing down the incident to the core via a team of experts from a law firm and finding the provided information irrelevant and unwarranted with no proof.

To those uninformed, Volkswagen already has an internal platform Together4Integrity where it encourages individuals and staff to report any anomalies in its products, administration, and functioning of the company. And as a part of this program, the VW Dieselgate scandal aka emissions scandal was brought to the attention of media in 2015, exposing the business acts inculcated by the automaker in order to tune-up its vehicles in accordance with the Clean Air Act of United States.

Coming to the business point of view, Volkswagen has decided to reinvent itself as an Electric Vehicle(EV) maker from 2023. And reports are in that the company is planning to sell 10 million cars a year.

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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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