Tesla says two ex-employees behind May data breach

Tesla Data Breach


According to a legal statement from the electric car manufacturer, two former Tesla employees handled a data breach that exposed the personal data of over 75,000 people, including personnel. 


In a filing to Maine’s attorney general office, Steven Elentukh, Tesla’s data privacy officer, claimed that data exposed by the hack was disclosed to the German media publication Handelsblatt. 


Tesla stated in the application dated August 18 that Handelsblatt informed the automaker that it had obtained private information, which included identifying details such as name, address, phone number, and social security numbers. 


According to the firm, Tesla identified the employees who had leaked the data, shed them, and seized their equipment. 


The law varies from state to state, but companies in the United States are compelled to notify authorities when a data breach exceeds a specific size. 


This Tesla hack comes after Reuters revealed in April that teams of Tesla staff members had secretly shared consumer data, including videos and photos taken by vehicle cameras, via internal messaging systems. 

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