Tesla Accused Ex-Employee of Stealing Confidential Data

  • These materials allegedly had nothing to do with Khatilov’s work.
  • “Nobody told me using Dropbox is prohibited,” Alex Khatilov said.
  • According to Tesla representatives, Khatilov stole about 26 thousand files. He allegedly tried to hide it and remove evidence. Khatilov was fired earlier this month.
  • Norway allows drilling for oil in the Arctic.

The American company Tesla, which produces electric cars, has accused its former employee Alex Khatilov of stealing confidential information. The statement of claim was filed Friday in the electronic database of the federal court for the Northern District of California.

Tesla, Inc. is an American electric vehicle and clean energy company based in Palo Alto, California. Tesla’s current products include electric cars, battery energy storage from home to grid scale, solar panels and solar roof tiles, as well as other related products and services.

The document states that Khatilov was hired by the company as a software developer on December 28, 2020. Within three days after that, he began to steal thousands of extremely confidential program files from Tesla’s closed internal network, moving them to his account in the cloud data storage Dropbox.

Tesla does not have access to it and cannot view it. These materials allegedly had nothing to do with Khatilov’s work.

“Nobody told me using Dropbox is prohibited,” Alex Khatilov said. “I don’t know why they claim it’s sensitive information, I didn’t have access to any sensitive information.”

According to Tesla representatives, Khatilov stole about 26 thousand files. He allegedly tried to hide it and remove evidence. Khatilov was fired earlier this month.

The statement of claim does not specify of which country he is a citizen. The specialist is allegedly also known under the names Alex Tilov and Sabir Khatilov. He lives in San Bruno, California, according to the statement of claim.

A federal court ruled on Friday that Khatilov was prohibited from distributing the files in any way. He is also obliged to report that he has all the media on which Tesla-owned data may be stored. “Nobody told me using Dropbox is prohibited,” Khatilov said. “I don’t know why they claim it’s sensitive information, I didn’t have access to any sensitive information.”

Khatilov in an interview with the newspaper New York Post stated that he had not tried to steal any information from Tesla. He assured that he had inadvertently copied one of the folders to the Dropbox service and was not aware of its contents.

Tesla was founded by an American entrepreneur Elon Muskin 2003. At first, the company specialized in the production of electric vehicles, but later it also became involved in the creation of energy storage systems.

Norway Allows Drilling for Oil in the Arctic

Norway intends to grant permits to explore for oil in the Arctic during the second quarter of this year, despite concerns expressed by environmentalists. Norway’s Oil Minister, Tina Bro, said during remarks to Parliament that the country is moving forward with plans to grant permits for oil and gas exploration in border areas in the Arctic.

The government in Norway said in November that it might offer drilling permits in nine marine areas, most of them in the Arctic Barents Sea. This comes in the context of plans aimed at paving the way for a major expansion in exploration operations.

The oil and gas industry is the largest and most important in Norway; They generate huge value and employ hundreds of thousands of people. Norway has set a deadline for submitting applications for a permit to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic on February 23.

Environmentalists Criticized

On the other hand, environmental groups say that Norway’s search for oil and gas in the Arctic is inconsistent with international obligations to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, which the Norwegian government denies.

A member of parliament from the opposition Socialist Party in Norway, Lars Haltbrucken, explained that the production that Norway will achieve through these permits will conflict with the goals set in the Paris Agreement to limit global warming.

Investigation of the Excavation Decision

Polar Pioneer drilling the wildcat well which discovered the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea in 2011

Norway recently announced the opening of investigations into the decision to explore for oil and gas in the Arctic. Because it conflicts with the clean energy decisions adopted by the government.

The Norwegian Standing Committee on Audit and Constitutional Affairs is investigating whether basic information was hidden from Parliament during a discussion of the opening of the southeastern part of the Barents Sea to oil and natural gas exploration activities.

Restricting Oil Production

Norway has restricted its oil production several times over the past years, including from 1986 to 1990 and again from 1998 to 2000 and in the first half of 2002. The country’s annual crude oil production peaked at 3.1 million barrels per day in 2000 before falling to a 30-year low of 1.4 million barrels per day in 2019.

However, the government expects a recovery in crude oil production to more than 2 million barrels per day by 2024, not counting LNG or condensate, as the new major deposits enter service. On the other hand, the US President, Joe Biden, issued a decision immediately after his inauguration to temporarily stop the leases for the oil and gas sector in the National Wildlife Refuge in the Arctic.

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Benedict Kasigara

I have been working as a freelance editor/writer since 2006. My specialist subject is film and television having worked for over 10 years from 2005 during which time I was the editor of the BFI Film and Television.

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