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

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kdawg

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

Anon

Naw, it’s PR to promote Tourism. 😉

Juan

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.

ffbj

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

jelloslug

Is it time to short TSLA now?

Warp

“False” and “misleading” ?

Probably a PR nightmare for Tesla in the making.

jim stack

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.

sven

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

Anon

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

Speculawyer

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.)

ModernMarvelFan

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”.

Campisi

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.

SolarStorm

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!!!

Steven

Must have been a friend of See Through.

Michael Clark

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

electric-car-insider.com

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