Tesla files lawsuit against ex-employee who allegedly shared confidential data with third...

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First reported by CNBC, the lawsuit names former Gigafactory process technician Martin Tripp as a defendant. The suit says he has admitted to writing software that hacked Tesla's manufacturing operating system ('MOS') and transferred information to outside entities. The data included "dozens of confidential photographs and a video of Tesla's manufacturing systems."

While there’s no mention of who these outside entities might be, Musk did bring up “Wall Street short-sellers,” “oil & gas companies,” or “the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors” as possible suspects in his email.

The suit goes on to say that Tripp joined the company in October 2017 and had a track record of poor performance. In addition to the hacking claims, Tesla alleges that Tripp made false statements to the media, and was the source of a punctured battery cells story.

“Tripp claimed that punctured battery cells had been used in certain Model 3 vehicles even though no punctured cells were ever used in vehicles, batteries or otherwise. Tripp also vastly exaggerated the true amount and value of “scrap” material that Tesla generated during the manufacturing process, and falsely claimed that Tesla was delayed in bringing new manufacturing equipment online,” writes CNBC.

Earlier this month, Business Insider ran a story that cited internal documents showing 40% of raw materials used to produce batteries and driving units at the Gigafactory need to be scrapped or reworked.

As mentioned by Musk in his earlier email, the suit claims Tripp committed these acts because he was angry at being passed over for promotion and reassigned to a different job.

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VitalyT

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He only joined in October 2017 and already managed to go from disgruntled to completely deranged. Isn't it ironic that his surname tunes with tripping? Tesla should screen their hires better.
 
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drjekelmrhyde

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Bullshiat, this dude would be behind bars if they had any real evidence.
/I don't even think the Apple Koolaid drinkers are this stupid
 

FF222

TS Addict
First he said this guy sabotaged the production. Now he says he stole gigabytes of information. So, then which is it now? Because you obviously can't sabotage production just by copying information.
 

FF222

TS Addict
This is a joke right?
Evidence has to be collected, and charges need to be laid followed by a trial. This is BASIC stuff!
Wrong. The basic stuff is that evidence has to be already there in order to not only accuse somebody of something illegal, but even just to realize that something unwanted has happened (even if it was perfectly legal, just unwanted). It's also basic stuff, that you do not disclose anything about an investigation while it's still in progress, because then you're jeopardizing the collection and securing of any evidence you've not yet collected.
 

Boilerhog146

TS Evangelist
Just pay the FallGuy,er ,I mean ,pay the man. he did a BANG! up job, and musk is off the hook.for another while.great distraction, btw. can't wait for the movie to come out.
 

hahahanoobs

TS Evangelist
Wrong. The basic stuff is that evidence has to be already there in order to not only accuse somebody of something illegal, but even just to realize that something unwanted has happened (even if it was perfectly legal, just unwanted). It's also basic stuff, that you do not disclose anything about an investigation while it's still in progress, because then you're jeopardizing the collection and securing of any evidence you've not yet collected.
Suspicion
Internal investigation
Police
Police Investigation
DA
Trial

Basics!
 
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cdxpwj

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Wrong. The basic stuff is that evidence has to be already there in order to not only accuse somebody of something illegal, but even just to realize that something unwanted has happened (even if it was perfectly legal, just unwanted). It's also basic stuff, that you do not disclose anything about an investigation while it's still in progress, because then you're jeopardizing the collection and securing of any evidence you've not yet collected.
Suspicion
Internal investigation
Police
Police Investigation
DA
Trial

Basics!
Thank you for explaining these basic rules. And to those that think it's as simple as get evidence, show it to police, and BANG , the person gets locked up! This ISN'T your grocery store theft caught on surveillance camera. No matter how much evidence you have, it will need to be looked and go through court of law. Now, the other perspective is, how easily it would be for someone to run a story that Tesla paid for this "fall" guy? How hard it would be for Tesla to prove this isn't the case? Just waiting for this to spread anytime now lol.
 
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