Elon Musk on Thursday confirmed speculations that Tesla Inc’s factory in Nevada was the target of a potential cyberattack. The news website Teslarati earlier this week reported that Tesla was the unnamed company mentioned in a report by the US Department of Justice that said the FBI had managed to thwart a cybersecurity attack. Turning to Twitter, Musk commented on the article, saying that “This was a serious attack”. Much appreciated. This was a serious attack. — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 27, 2020 According to the DoJ report, Russian national Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer by trying to recruit an employee to introduce malware into a system. The alleged perpetrator had promised the employee a $1 million pay-off after the malware was installed. The employee, however, turned to the FBI, who managed to thwart the attack.
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