It is not the first time that Tesla suspects that some of its own employees illegally seize its technology, but the most recent case that has been made public may be especially serious. Elon Musk’s company filed a lawsuit against engineer Alex Khatilov for alleged theft of the Warp Drive software.
Warp Drive is used in Tesla’s automated shopping systems and other features and the brand suspects that Khatilov stole the software just days after being hired.
Tesla software is very valuable
According to the lawsuit, the engineer in question was hired in December 2020 and immediately copied thousands of files related to Warp Drive to his personal Dropbox account.
Tesla also accused him of trying to hide his actions and lying after being questioned about what happened. Khatilov insisted that he would only be transferring personal files when he was caught by the brand’s investigators.
After having granted access to his Dropbox account and the research team found the Warp Drive files, the man said he had “forgotten” that he had them in his possession. As if that were not enough, he later tried to delete his account and all the files contained therein.
Tesla is the target of constant attempts to steal information
Tesla said it was not sure whether Alex Khatilov acted alone or whether he counted on the collaboration of other employees. In any case, those responsible for the company believe it is possible that this man stole more than just the files on Warp Drive.
Since he would be working remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is more difficult to get a real sense of his actions since he may have had time to erase other possible crimes.
Tesla has been dealing, over the years, with several employees who end up becoming industrial spies. The Elon Musk brand has some proprietary technologies of enormous value, and seeks to strengthen its security and control over the secrets of its electric vehicles.
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