Musk confirms Tesla Nevada factory was target of ‘serious’ cyberattack

Aerial photo Tesla Gigafactory in Sparks, Nevada. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 28 August 2020

Musk confirms Tesla Nevada factory was target of ‘serious’ cyberattack

Elon Musk said on Thursday that Tesla Inc’s factory in Nevada was a target of a “serious” cybersecurity attack, confirming a media report that claimed an employee of the company helped the Federal Bureau of Investigation(FBI) thwart the attack.
News website Teslarati said that the electric carmaker was the unnamed company in a statement issued by the US Department of Justice on Tuesday about a Russian national’s arrest, in connection with a planned attack on an unidentified company.
“This was a serious attack,” Musk said in a tweet, in response to the Teslarati article.
The Justice Department said that Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, 27, a Russian national, was arrested and charged with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer by trying to recruit an employee to introduce a malware into a system.
The malware was aimed at extracting data from the network and then to threaten the company for ransom money, the statement said.
According to the Justice Department, Kriuchkov had promised the employee an incentive of $1 million upon introducing the malware into the system.
But the employee alerted the FBI, who were successful in thwarting the attack, a complaint filed by the FBI’s Las Vegas Field Office showed.


Dubai announces $136 million extra stimulus package

Updated 24 October 2020

Dubai announces $136 million extra stimulus package

  • The announcement takes Dubai's total stimulus measures this year to 6.8 billion dirhams

DUBAI: Dubai has announced a new 500 million dirhams ($136.14 million) stimulus package to support the local economy, taking Dubai's total stimulus measures this year to 6.8 billion dirhams, the crown prince of the emirate said on Twitter on Saturday.
"The private sector is a major partner in Dubai's development process, and we have adopted a set of new exemptions for some fees and a reduction in rents for some sectors, as well as an extension of the validity of a previous set of exemptions from fees," said Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al-Maktoum.