According to a court document seen by AFP, Tesla has sued a former employee who allegedly stole about 26,000 confidential documents in the first week of his work at the company.
The company said on Friday that within three days of being hired, software engineer Alex Khatilov “stole thousands of trading computer scripts that Tesla had spent years developing” , And transferred them to his personal cloud storage service, Dropbox.
Tesla said that in the face of Tesla’s security team, Khatilov claimed that he only transferred “a few personal administrative documents” while trying to delete evidence.
Khatilov told the New York Post that when he tried to create a backup copy of the folder on his computer, he mistakenly placed the software file in Dropbox.
Tesla stated that documents representing “200 work-years of work” are very valuable to the company and its competitors because they can provide “a roadmap for replicating Tesla’s innovations.”
It said that Khatilov’s team consists of several Tesla employees (40 out of 50,000 employees) who can use scripts, but they “have nothing to do with his duties.”
Court documents show that after Khatilov was hired on December 28, Tesla’s security team detected the file download on January 6, and confronted him through a video call while he was working at home.
Tesla said on the conference call that Khatilov postponed screen sharing with the team, during which “he could see him hurriedly deleting information from the computer in the video chat.”
However, investigators were still able to view thousands of classified files uploaded to his Dropbox, and Khatilov “claimed that he “forgot” in some way.”
Khatilov told the New York Post that he did not know that he had been charged until the newspaper called him on Friday, and he was fired that day.
To quote him: “I was shocked when it happened.” “I didn’t lie.”