Tesla is suing a former engineer for allegedly stealing the secrets of his supercomputer

Tesla is suing a former engineer for allegedly stealing the secrets of his supercomputer

Tesla is suing former engineer Alexander Yatskov for allegedly stealing “confidential and well-guarded” information related to the company’s supercomputer technology, called Project Dojo, as first reported by Bloomberg. In a copy of the complaint, Tesla accuses Yatskov of downloading the information to his personal devices and refusing to return it.

Yatskov, who Tesla says lied on his resume about his work history and skills, started working for the electric vehicle maker as a thermal engineer in January and helped design the heating systems. Dojo cooling. Dojo is Tesla’s neural network training computer that processes large amounts of data used to train the artificial intelligence 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 associated with the project.

Tesla says all engineers are signing a nondisclosure agreement that should prevent them from disclosing or storing confidential information on Dojo, which Tesla says Yatskov violated by allegedly “deleting Tesla’s confidential information from devices and accounts.” accessing them on their own personal devices, and creating Tesla documents containing confidential Project Dojo details on a personal computer. The company also claims to have discovered that Yatskov was sending emails containing classified information about Tesla from his personal email address to his work email address.

As noted in the complaint, Tesla claims Yatskov admitted to storing classified information on his personal devices when the company confronted him about the situation. The electric vehicle maker then put Yatskov on administrative leave from April 6, 2022 and asked him to bring his devices so Tesla could recover any stolen information. Yatskov responded by providing Tesla with a “dummy” laptop in an effort to conceal any evidence against him. This alleged decoy contained none of the information in question, and was designed to “give the impression that he was only able to access innocuous Tesla information, such as 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 compel Yatskov to turn over the classified information.

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