Tesla is suing a former employee for alleged theft of confidential information and attempting to cover his tracks when he collided.

The company, led by CEO Elon Musk, hired Alexander Yatskov as a thermal engineer in January to work on cooling technology for the electric car maker’s supercomputer, but it soon became clear that it was not up to standard. , filed by Tesla. him.

“His working communications have become erratic,” Tesla said in a lawsuit filed Friday in the U.S. District Court in San Jose. “Many times he could not perform the tasks for which he was hired, and he gave inconsistent answers when he was pressed for explanations.”

It turned out, the case claims, that Yatskov lied in his autobiography about his work history and skills.

Yatskov, who according to the suit worked at Tesla’s offices in Fremont, where the company’s car plant is located, could not be found for comment.

After Yatskov was unable to do his job, company engineers discovered that he took confidential information from work devices and accounts, accessed it through his personal devices, and placed confidential details about a supercomputer called the Dojo and used for projects such as autonomous driving. – on his personal computer, the case claims.

“When he confronted Tesla’s information security team, (Jackov) eventually admitted that he had downloaded confidential information from Tesla from his accounts and Tesla devices to his personal devices,” the lawsuit said.

Tesla, which moved its headquarters from Palo Alto to Austin in December, put Jackov on administrative leave after being repeatedly told not to use personal devices for supercomputer work, and he was asked to bring his personal devices to forensic imagery, ”the suit says.

Jackov agreed to hand over his phone and personal laptop, but the laptop was not the one he used to take confidential data, the lawsuit said.

Instead, it was a “fictitious” device that no one had entered since the end of 2020 – with the exception of Jackov, who entered the same morning when he gave it to Tesla when he tried to add information to make it look the laptop seems to have been able to access only Tesla’s innocuous information, such as a letter of offer, in an attempt to mislead Tesla’s information security team, the lawsuit alleges.

Jackov resigned from Tesla, his last day being April 6, according to the lawsuit.

Tesla said in the lawsuit that it did not know how much confidential information Jackov had taken or whether he had shared any of it. The former employee could derive “substantial benefits” from trade secrets, Tesla said.

The company wants unspecified damages and a court order for Yatskov to return any confidential information and identify anyone with whom he has shared personal data.

A week before a lawsuit was filed against Tesla, the Cupertino-based iPhone giant Apple sues a startup in Mountain View it claims to have pulled out Apple employees who took secret chip designs out.

Tesla claims it hired liar who stole trade secrets, tried to cover tracks with ‘dummy’ laptop

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