Tesla is suing former engineer Alexander Yatskov for alleged theft of “confidential and strictly guarded” information related to the company’s supercomputer technology, called Project Dojo, as first reported Bloomberg. IN a copy of the complaintTesla accuses Jackov of downloading information from his personal devices and refusing to return it.

Yatskov, whom Tesla claims lied about in his autobiography about his work history and skills, began working for the electric vehicle maker as a thermal engineer in January and helped design Dojo’s cooling systems. Dojo is Tesla’s neural network training computer, which processes large amounts of data used to train AI software in Tesla’s self-driving cars. According to the complaint, Jackov had access to Dojo’s cooling information, as well as other confidential information related to the project.

Tesla says all engineers are signing a non-disclosure agreement, which should prevent them from disclosing or storing confidential information about Dojo, which Tesla says Yatskov violated by allegedly “removing Tesla’s confidential information from work devices and accounts, accesses it on their own personal devices, and creates Tesla documents containing confidential details about Project Dojo on a personal computer. The company also says it has found that Jackov sends emails with classified information to Tesla from his personal email address to his work email.

As noted in the complaint, Tesla claims that Yatskov admitted that he kept classified information on his personal devices when the company encountered him about the situation. The electric car maker then put Jackov on administrative leave on April 6, 2022, and asked him to bring his devices so Tesla could recover any stolen information. Jackov responded by claiming that he had given Tesla a “fake” laptop in an attempt to cover up any evidence against him. This alleged lure did not contain any of the information in question and was designed to “appear to have accessed only Tesla’s innocuous information, such as a letter of offer”.

Jackov resigned on May 2nd. Tesla is suing Jackov for compensation and exemplary damages, and is also seeking a court order to force Jackov to return the classified information.

https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/7/23061523/tesla-sues-former-engineer-allegedly-stealing-supercomputer-technology-project-dojo

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