Elon Musk confirmed that the FBI prevented a cyber attack targeting the Tesla plant in Nevada. A Russian citizen offered a million dollars to an employee to introduce malware into the computer system, but he refused the money and alerted the authorities.

US authorities have arrested a Russian citizen who attempted to extract data from the Tesla system and then blackmail the company.

According to the FBI, 27-year-old Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov offered a Tesla employee the amount of one million dollars to inject malware into the computer system. The malware was developed to install so-called ransomware, software that can encrypt a victim's files in a short period of time in order to later demand a ransom for decryption.

Instead of taking the money and installing the malware into the system, the employee is said to have turned to the FBI, who then arrested the Russian citizen, according to the United States Department of Justice.

After the FBI filed a criminal complaint and the police contacted Kriuchkov. He is said to have tried to flee to Los Angeles to leave the country by plane. On August 22nd, Kriuchkov was reportedly arrested in Los Angeles.

Elon Musk confirmed on Twitter that the attack was a "serious" one, according to the information published by the Teslarati website.

Via Reuters.

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