Tesla vs Former Employee Story Takes Bizarre Twist With an Alleged Threat

Tesla vs Former Employee Story Takes Bizarre Twist With an Alleged Threat

Tesla vs Former Employee Story Takes Bizarre Twist With an Alleged Threat

On Wednesday, documents were filed with the federal court of Nevada alleging that he stole company trade secrets and sabotaged its manufacturing plant.

"Relying on the internal data that he hacked from Tesla's manufacturing operations system, Tripp incorrectly stated that Tesla has generated almost $150 million in scrap at the Gigafactory in 2018", the company wrote. Since the email was distributed, Tesla has identified the former employee, Martin Tripp, as responsible for hacking, stealing and leaking false data.

So, to Tesla, Martin Tripp is a disgruntled former employee.

Tesla claims that Tripp was having problems with job performance months after joining the automaker and that he had been combative and disruptive with colleagues at times.

Tripp said he discovered that 1,100 damaged battery modules were installed in Model 3 cars presently on the road and he was also concerned about excessive scrap being stored in a risky manner on Tesla's property in Nevada.

A few days ago, Elon Musk sent a note to all employees alerting them that there was a saboteur inside the company who had been messing with the company's manufacturing operating system.

In addition, "he included large quantities that were not scrap from 2018 at all, but that were instead items such as materials from previous year that had already been included in Tesla's 2017 financials, or that were simply serial numbers assigned as part of routine system testing to components that were never even made".

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Tripp also said he had been alarmed by what he learned while an employee, including what he claimed were hundreds of Model 3s that had dangerously punctured batteries. The company also accused Tripp of making false or misleading statements to media about the use of punctured battery cells in vehicles and the quantity of scrap metal the company generates.

Last week, Tesla laid off about 9% of its employees in an effort to cut costs and eliminate redundancies, CEO Elon Musk said.

"With everything Tesla's got going on, and Elon Musk, any distraction is unwanted".

Tripp said he did not hack into Tesla computers, saying, "I don't have the patience for coding". Business Insider has contacted Tesla for comment. "The data I was collecting was so severe, I had to go to the media", Tripp told CNNMoney.

The firm has pushed back against the suggestion that Tripp, 40, was a whistleblower.

"I would rather see [Musk] produce 4,500 a week and have there be absolutely no issues with the auto than produce 5,000 a week and have there be issues with the vehicle", he said. I didn't hack into a system.

Musk has said that Tesla will become profitable in the second half of 2018 and won't need to raise money for the rest of the year, despite skepticism from some investors and analysts.

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