Tesla's massive data breach in May affected more than 75,000 people

The automaker said a massive data breach at Tesla leaked the personal information of more than 75,000 people and that it was the result of an “internal misconduct”.

German publication Handelsblatt reported in May that Tesla experienced a massive data breach that revealed everything from past and current employee personal information to customer complaints about automotive products of this company.

Tesla said it spent months examining the data, which included more than 23,000 files between 2015 and 2022. The company said in a notice to employees, shared with the Maine Attorney General’s office that These files contain 100 gigabytes of confidential data, including employee names and contact information, such as addresses, cell phone numbers and email addresses.

The leaked data also includes about 2,400 customer complaints about sudden acceleration of Tesla electric vehicles and more than 1,500 complaints about problems with brake components, including 383 cases of “phantom brakes” (phantom brakes). braking), as Insider previously reported. Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s social security number was also part of the leaked information.

In a notice to employees, the company clarified the extent of the leak, revealing that 75,735 people were affected. The notice read: “Investigation revealed that two former Tesla employees obtained information that violated Tesla’s IT data protection and privacy policy and shared it with the media.” , the use of leaked personal information is illegal”.

The automaker also said a series of lawsuits have resulted in the seizure of devices that allegedly contain information, and that it “has also received a court order barring former employees from continuing to use it.” , access or distribute data”.

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