Tesla Data Breach Affects 75,000

Company files lawsuit against two former employees

Liz Hughes, Editor, IoT World Today

August 22, 2023

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More than 75,000 people have been potentially impacted by a data breach by two Tesla employees, according to the Maine Attorney General’s Office which posted notification of the May 10 breach on its website. 

According to the notification, the breach was due to “insider wrongdoing” and included names or other personal identifiers and social security numbers. The incident affected 75,735 people. 

In a copy of Tesla’s data incident notice sent to those impacted, the company was alerted to the breach by foreign media outlet Handelsblatt and an investigation found it was two former Tesla employees who “misappropriated the information in violation of Tesla’s IT security and data protection policies and shared it with the media outlet.”

Tesla said it “immediately took steps to contain the incident, understand the scope and protect your information.” The company also filed lawsuits against the two former employees, which included seizing their electronic devices that were believed to have contained company information. 

“Tesla is committed to the protection of the data it handles and will continue to confirm its safeguards and implement appropriate measures, as well as ensure employees are trained on responsible data handling practices,” the company said.

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About the Author(s)

Liz Hughes

Editor, IoT World Today, IoT World Today

Liz Hughes is an award-winning digital media editor with more than two decades of experience in newspaper, magazine and online media industries. 

A proven digital media strategist and editor, Liz has produced content and offered editorial support and leadership for a variety of web publications, including Fast Company, NBC Boston, Street Fight, QuinStreet, WTWH Media, AOL/Patch Media and Design News.

A skilled social media strategist experienced in developing and maintaining an audience across multiple platforms and brands, Liz also enjoys sharing her knowledge and expertise to help businesses small and large.

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