Ex-Tesla Engineer Charged With Attempting To Harm Tesla’s Credibility & Reputation

SEP 8 2015 BY MARK KANE 16

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Reuters is reporting that a former Tesla mechanical engineer, after he was terminated in December, obtained access to his manager’s email account and he began to access confidential information.

He visited his manager’s email account nearly 300 times and is suspected to have used the data to harm Tesla.

Sounds like revenge could be in play, but now he could face five years in federal prison, if found guilty.

“A former Tesla Motors engineer has been charged in federal court with felony computer intrusion for accessing his manager’s email account, sharing employee evaluations with others and posting confidential information on the Web.

Nima Kalbasi, a 28-year-old Canadian, then “tried to harm Tesla’s reputation and credibility by making false and misleading comments,” the FBI said in a statement today.

Kalbasi appeared in U.S. District Court in San Jose on August 27, the FBI said. A lawyer for Kalbasi declined to comment.”

Source: Reuters, Los Angeles Times

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16 responses to "Ex-Tesla Engineer Charged With Attempting To Harm Tesla’s Credibility & Reputation"
  1. kdawg says:

    You can’t make this stuff up. I thought Canadians were supposed to be nice, Eh?

    1. Anon says:

      Naw, it’s PR to promote Tourism. 😉

    2. Juan says:

      Ludicrous, can I judge the 300+ million Americans citizens just by the actions of one individual? Ummm what if my reference is Mr Trump? You would be doomed.

  2. ffbj says:

    False and misleading comments about Tesla?
    Who could thunk it?

  3. jelloslug says:

    Is it time to short TSLA now?

  4. Warp says:

    “False” and “misleading” ?

    Probably a PR nightmare for Tesla in the making.

  5. jim stack says:

    When you are the top vehicle of any kind and have new disruptive ideas a lot of people will want to cause you harm. They expect a lot from their employees and if they don’t produce they are gone. Being the best is not easy, treating all works with respect and flexibility is even harder.

  6. sven says:

    Was See Through the nom de guerre of this disgruntled ex-Tesla engineer?

    1. Anon says:

      You give ‘See Through’ FAR too much credit to have ever been considered a competent enough employee to have been employed with Tesla Motors…

  7. Speculawyer says:

    Canadian spy trying to protect those Canadian Tar Sands from the Tesla revolution! Get him!

    (I’m just kidding. I obviously have no idea what happened. May justice prevail.)

  8. ModernMarvelFan says:

    Sounds like a disgruntled former employee NOT happy with his termination…

    I heard that Tesla works their people pretty hard and aren’t really paying top dollar for the amount of work. That is why other company has been able to poach Tesla talents fairly easily.

    I guess “saving the world slogan” only keep some employees.

    Then again, my comment really has nothing to do with what actually happens here since it is a criminal case of “hacking”.

    1. Campisi says:

      Exactly what I was thinking. Dude’s manager was probably an infamous snake of a boss, so after losing his job the employee nabbed and spread around said boss’s underling evaluations in order to “clear” the air a bit. Never piss off anybody with access to your email accounts.

  9. SolarStorm says:

    sounds like Tesla needs to pay some attention to their IT infrastructure! The guy got in 300 times (most likely with simple username and password) before getting caught!!!

  10. Steven says:

    Must have been a friend of See Through.

  11. Wow 300 intrusions on E-mail,sounds like that fired engineer was bored )-;

    1. Likely much simpler than that. Probably set up a pop or IMAP client to automatically check mail periodically. 300 criminal counts later…