Tesla is suing former engineer Alexander Yatskov for allegedly stealing “confidential and closely guarded” information related to the company’s supercomputer technology called Project Dojo, first reported by Bloomberg. In a copy of the complaint, Tesla accuses Yatskov of downloading the information onto his personal devices and refusing to return it.
Yatskov, who Tesla claims lied on his resume about his work history and skills, began working as a thermal engineer for the electric vehicle maker in January and helped design Dojo’s cooling systems. Dojo is Tesla’s neural network training computer that processes large amounts of data used to train the AI software in Tesla’s self-driving cars. According to the complaint, Yatskov had access to Dojo’s cooling information, as well as other confidential information related to the project.
According to Tesla, all engineers are signing a nondisclosure agreement designed to prevent them from disclosing or storing confidential information about Dojo, which Yatskov says Tesla violated by allegedly “removing Tesla confidential information from work devices and accounts and on his own personal devices.” accesses it. and creating Tesla documents containing confidential project dojo details on a PC.” The company also says it discovered that Yatskov was sending emails containing classified Tesla information from his personal email address to his work email address. email address sent.
As noted in the complaint, Tesla claims Yatskov admitted storing classified information on his personal devices when the company confronted him about the situation. The EV maker then placed Yatskov on administrative leave starting April 6, 2022, asking him to bring his devices so Tesla could recover any stolen information. Yatskov responded by allegedly providing Tesla with a “dummy” laptop to hide evidence against him. This alleged decoy contained none of the information in question and was made to “appear as if it may have just accessed innocuous Tesla information, like an offer letter.”
Yatskov resigned from his post on May 2. Tesla is suing Yatskov for compensatory and exemplary damages, and is also seeking a court order that would force Yatskov to return the classified information.
https://www.theverge.com/2022/5/7/23061523/tesla-sues-former-engineer-allegedly-stealing-supercomputer-technology-project-dojo Tesla is suing former engineer for allegedly stealing his supercomputer’s secrets