Tesla cyberattack: Russian detained in U.S. pleads guilty

Tesla cyberattack: Russian detained in U.S. pleads guilty

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According to Ukrinform, this was reported on the website of the US Department of Justice.

It is noted that then pleaded guilty on one count – deliberately causing harm to a protected computer. The verdict is expected to be pronounced on May 10th.

According to court documents, Kryuchkov arrived from to the United States in 2020. There, he colluded with others and tried to bribe one of the Tesla employees to help him inject malicious software into internal computer networks. It was supposed to provide an attacker with access to the system in order to then, by threatening the publication of data, demand money from the company.

The materials of the Ministry of Justice do not specify which company the attack was being prepared against. However, Tesla founder Elon Musk previously stated that the target was precisely a factory in Nevada, where batteries are produced. Kryuchkov faces up to 5 years in prison.

As previously reported, 27-year-old Yegor Kryuchkov, who arrived in the United States on a tourist visa, met several times with an employee of a company from the state of Nevada and offered him $ 1 million to install malicious software on a corporate computer.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation detained Kryuchkov in Los Angeles on suspicion of attempting to bribe an employee of an American company in order to commit a cyber attack. The judge ruled that then will be detained while the case is being considered in court.

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