Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla, has written to his employees that a Tesla staff had managed to conduct an “extensive and damaging sabotage” to the operations of the company in an apparent hack. He also reported a fire on the production line of the Model 3.
The first email coming from Musk was sent to the employees of Tesla late on Sunday night. He detailed the actions by an unnamed perpetrator. It included accusations such as making “direct code changes” to the operating system of Tesla under bogus usernames and exporting huge amounts of highly sensitive information to unknown third parties.
Both the company and Musk have refused to release a comment on or confirm the accusations, however, various sources from the media have been able to verify that the employees at Tesla did receive the said email in question.
Musk said that while the complete extent of his actions is “not yet clear,” what the staff “has admitted to so far is pretty bad.” The apparent motivation of the employee was a desired promotion, which he was not able to receive.
The said news arrives as Tesla is preparing to slash nine percent of its salaried employees, excluding those who are on the production line of the company’s Model 3 sedan, in an attempt to reach profitability while still being able to achieve the production targets of 5,000 cars per week.
Musk revealed “a long list of organisations that want Tesla to die,” which includes “oil and gas companies,” “Wall-street short sellers,” and “the multitude of big gas/diesel car company competitors.”
Musk followed his first email with another email that was under the same headline the following morning. It was entitled “some concerning news.”
Musk described “another strange incident that was hard to explain.” It involved a small fire on the production line of the Model 3. Even though there were no significant product damage or injuries, the production line was suspended for several hours.
He added: “Could just be a random event, but as Andy Grove said, ‘Only the paranoid survive.’ Please be on the alert for anything that’s not in the best interests of our company.”
The share price of Tesla is currently down by 4.95 percent.