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Tesla insider leaks 100 GB of data to German media outlet

The German newspaper even confirmed the authenticity of the data from the Fraunhofer Institute of Secure Information Technology.

According to media reports, a German newspaper has received over 100 gigabytes of leaked confidential data about Tesla from a whistleblower.

The leaked data, dubbed "Tesla Files", is said to contain 23,000 files which show how Tesla has failed to protect data from customers, employees and business partners. The data also contains more than 100,000 names of former and current employees and also the social security number of company CEO Elon Musk. The files also include private email addresses, phone numbers, salaries of employees, bank details of customers and even secret details from production.

The German newspaper Handelsblatt also reported that the leaked files contain thousands of complaints from customers related to the company's driver-assistance systems and information on 1,000 crashes in connection to the Autopilot system from recent years. There are also said to be 2,400 complaints of unintended acceleration and 1,500 complaints of braking problems which include 383 cases of phantom braking and 139 cases of emergency braking.

As per reports, the leaked complaints date back from 2015 all the way to March 2022. While most of the complaints are from the USA, there are a few from Asia and Europe as well.

The German newspaper even confirmed the authenticity of the data from the Fraunhofer Institute of Secure Information Technology. Reports state that Tesla did attempt to stop the media outlet from reporting the leaked data, even threatening legal action.

According to Handelsblatt, a lawyer for Tesla stated that the whistleblower was a "disgruntled former employee", who abused his access to get information. The lawyer is said to have stated that the EV maker would take legal action against the whistleblower.

Source: InsideEVs

 
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