Elon Musk says that Russian ransomware attack was aimed at Tesla

Elon Musk says that Russian ransomware attack was aimed at Tesla

Teslarati referenced the recent arrest of Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, a Russian citizen who was accused of conspiring to commit a cyber crime, by the Department of Justice.

Multiple Tesla-focused blogs reported Thursday that the firm was the intended victim of the scheme, though the reporting wasn't confirmed until Musk's tweet.

The idea was to extract corporate data and affect Tesla's operations to then arrange a ransom with Tesla to not release the information and stop affecting its operations. The man promised to reward $1 million in exchange for it. Kriuchkov revealed that it took $250,000 to develop the malware.

Cybersecurity experts say that certain ransomware groups, such as Evil Corp, are believed to act as contractors for the Russian government, raising the possibility that Kriuchkov could potentially provide valuable information to USA counterintelligence officials.

"The objective of the conspiracy was to recruit an employee of a company to surreptitiously transmit malware provided by the coconspirators into the company's computer system, exfiltrate data from the company's network, and threaten to disclose the data online unless the company paid the coconspirators' ransom demand", prosecutors wrote in the complaint.

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles, California on 18 December 2018.

The employee didn't outright refuse but immediately informed Tesla, who in turn told the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Tesla's CEO later confirmed in a Twitter reply that the Russian national was trying to recruit a Tesla employee.

According to the complaint, Kriuchkov entered the USA in July on a tourist visa and made contact with a Russian-speaking employee at Tesla in Nevada.

Following this meeting, Kriuchkov continued to push the employee to join the plot and said they could give them a partial payment up-front.

It is not immediately clear which hacker group Kriuchkov is allegedly associated with.

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