Tesla Internal Email Says Employee Tried to Sabotage Factory

Electric vehicle (EV) giant Tesla is no stranger to either employee sabotage or employee cooperation to take down saboteurs.

On Monday Tesla told its Fremont factory workers that someone had “maliciously sabotaged” part of the factory last month and was subsequently fired, as reported by Bloomberg.

Al Prescott, Tesla vice president of legal and acting general counsel sent an email out spreading awareness about the attack.

In the email, Prescott wrote, “Two weeks ago, our IT and InfoSec teams determined that an employee had maliciously sabotaged a part of the Factory.” He continued. “Their quick actions prevented further damage and production was running smoothly again a few hours later.”


After the attack, Tesla launched an internal investigation, in which it found that the employee had intentionally tried to cover their tracks.

While Tesla has already been through court cases with ex-employee Martin Tripp and Russian saboteur Egor Kriuchkov this year, it’s unclear if this case will lead to court. However, being tossed out by Tesla’s highly-skilled security team probably doesn’t feel much better anyway.

In the email, Prescott also wrote, “We place tremendous trust in our employees and value everyone’s contribution. However, whatever the personal motivations of the attacker were, these are crimes, violations of our code of conduct, and are unfair to other employees. We will take aggressive action to defend the company and our people.”