Tesla wins lawsuit against whistleblower accused of hacks – Roadshow

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A win for Tesla.


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            <p class="speakableTextP1">The US District Court of Nevada awarded <a href="https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/make/tesla/" data-annotation="true" data-component="linkTracker" data-link-tracker-options="{"action":"inline-annotation|Tesla|CNET_CMP_MFR_AUTO|735"}" section="annotation">Tesla</a> a win in its lawsuit against a former employee, filed two years ago. You may recall <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-elon-musk-martin-tripp-saboteur-whistleblower-email-2018/">CEO Elon Musk</a></span> referred to this incident in a previously leaked email calling on employees to be "<span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-elon-musk-ceo-sabotage-warning-email-2018/">extremely vigilant</a></span>." Martin Tripp, who worked at the company's Nevada Gigafactory, was accused of <span class="link" section="shortcodeLink"><a href="https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/tesla-sues-former-employee-allegedly-stealing-data/">hacking the automaker</a></span> and supplying sensitive information to unnamed third parties.</p><p class="speakableTextP2"><a href="https://www.reuters.com/article/us-tesla-court-tripp/tesla-wins-case-against-former-employee-accused-of-hacking-transferring-data-idUSKBN2690TD" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer nofollow" data-component="externalLink">Reuters reported</a> Friday the court ruled in Tesla's favor and dismissed Tripp's motion to file another reply to the court. Tesla did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but according to Reuters, the court will grant Tesla's motion to seal the case.




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Tripp originally entered the spotlight two years ago after seeking whistleblower protections and accusing Tesla of “some really scary things.” He told The Washington Post he was the individual who provided information to the media and accused Tesla of building Model 3 sedans with punctured batteries. Tesla, in turn, accused Tripp of making false claims to the media. 

Tripp also denied any allegations he hacked Tesla, saying, “I don't have the patience for coding.” The automaker previously named Tripp as a disgruntled employee angry after not receiving a promotion and accused him of aiding the theft of confidential photos and videos documenting Tesla's manufacturing process.

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