Tesla to employees: if you leak, we’ll catch you, we’ll fire you, and we might sue you

Tesla employees today received an email with a list of layoffs, felony charges and lawsuits as possible consequences for leaking information about the electric vehicle manufacturer to the press, CNBC reported. The email, which was sent by Tesla's security team, listed the recent actions the company had taken against employees who had leaked.

A former employee had "exfiltrated confidential business information from Tesla's domain to his personal account and threatened to reveal the company's confidential information." information ", according to the email. Tesla has filed charges of serious crimes against this person, the email said. He also listed two lawsuits against former employees for intellectual property and "theft of property information and trade secrets."

It is the last salvo in the attempts of Silicon Valley to silence leaks, and the last thing that has leaked to the press. Google sent a similar email in 2016, describing how the company internally searches for leaks. In April 2018, an email from Apple was leaked describing how the company had arrested 12 employees for leaking information about the company's future plans. In 2018, after Buzzfeed published an internal memo of a Facebook executive, Facebook employees criticized people in their internal forums: "How terrible that an irresponsible imbecile decided that he or she had some divine complex that puts in danger our inner culture and something that makes Facebook great !? "

The secret is an important part of the culture of Silicon Valley, where the so-called" mousetraps "(USB sticks) that contain confidential data, sometimes leave to see if the employees will behave, as reported in The Guardian last year.

Tesla is a company with many events, and lately, a lot has happened, the company is trying to raise more CEO Elon Musk has also pushed a driverless future for Tesla investors, promoting the company's hardware development, while a Nikkei report has suggested or tensions between Tesla and its main battery supplier, Panasonic. And Trump's commercial tariffs may pose problems for the future of the autopilot in China.

Today's email focuses on leaks to the media, as well as leaks of information to competitors. But it would not be Tesla if someone was not in trouble for using Twitter, in this case, an employee who was fired "for sharing confidential business information on Twitter, including production numbers, with journalists."

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