An ex-engineer at Tesla is being sued by the company for allegedly stealing the supercomputer’s secrets. Tesla alleges that the engineer acknowledged stealing the company’s proprietary secrets.
According to Bloomberg report, Tesla has filed a lawsuit against Alexander Yatskov, a former engineer, for allegedly obtaining “secret and rigorously guarded” knowledge about the company’s supercomputer technology, Project Dojo. In the lawsuit, it is said that Yatskov downloaded the information to his own computer and then refused to give it back.
On his résumé, Yatskov, who Tesla alleges lied about his job background and skillset, worked as a thermal engineer and helped develop Dojo’s cooling systems in January. One of the most important components of Tesla’s self-driving vehicles is Dojo, a computer that analyses massive quantities of data in order to train the AI software. The charge says that Yatskov had access to information about Dojo’s cooling and other private project details.
The Tesla Corporation sues Yatskov, a former employee in the engineering department, for information theft.
Tesla claims Yatskov has violated a non-disclosure agreement by allegedly “removing Tesla confidential information from work devices and accounts, accessing it on his own personal devices, and creating Tesla documents with confidential Project Dojo details on a personal computer.” According to the firm, Yatskov was allegedly found to be using his personal email account to send work-related emails containing sensitive Tesla information.
The accusation states that when Tesla approached Yatskov about the problem, he acknowledged keeping secret material on his own devices. On April 6, 2022, Tesla placed Yatskov on administrative leave and requested that he bring in his equipment so that the company could retrieve any stolen data. According to Tesla, Yatskov replied by handing him an unusable laptop in an effort to cover his tracks. To make it seem as though it had merely accessed “inoffensive Tesla material, like an offer letter,” this supposed decoy included none of the information at issue.
As of Tuesday, May 2, Yatskov has formally announced his resignation from his job. A court order that would compel Yatskov to surrender the sensitive material is also part of Tesla’s legal action against the Russian national.