The FBI thwarted the plans of 27-year-old Russian national Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov to recruit an insider within Tesla’s Nevada Gigafactory, persuade him to plant malware on the company’s network, and then ransom Tesla under threat that he would leak data stolen from their systems.
Kriuchkov was arrested on August 22, 2020, in Los Angeles after he got a phone call from an FBI agent and tried to leave the U.S.
“After being contacted by the FBI, Kriuchkov drove overnight from Reno to Los Angeles,” a Department of Justice press release says. “Kriuchkov asked an acquaintance to purchase an airline ticket for him in an attempt to fly out of the country.”
Tesla’s CEO later confirmed in a Twitter reply that the Russian national was trying to recruit a Tesla employee.
Source: Bleeping Computer