SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Tesla Inc has sued a former worker claiming that he hacked the electrical carmaker’s commerce secrets and techniques and transferred massive quantities of firm information to 3rd events, in response to a lawsuit filed in federal courtroom in Nevada on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: An indication is seen exterior Tesla Motors’ new showroom in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District in New York Metropolis, U.S., December 14, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photograph

In its lawsuit Tesla claimed that Martin Tripp, who previously labored on the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, had admitted to writing software program that hacked the carmaker’s manufacturing working system, transferring a number of gigabytes of its information to 3rd events and making false claims to the media.

Tripp was not instantly accessible for remark. His hacking software program was working on three separate pc methods of different people at Tesla in order that the information can be exported even after he left the corporate and falsely implicate these people, in response to the lawsuit.

“Inside a couple of months of Tripp becoming a member of Tesla, his managers recognized Tripp as having issues with job efficiency and at instances being disruptive and combative together with his colleagues,” the lawsuit mentioned.

“On account of these and different points, on or about Could 17, 2018, Tripp was assigned to a brand new function. Tripp expressed anger that he was reassigned.”

Earlier this week, Tesla Chief Govt Elon Musk informed staff in an e-mail that an unnamed Tesla worker had carried out “in depth and damaging sabotage” to the corporate’s operations.

“The total extent of his actions usually are not but clear, however what he has admitted to to this point is fairly unhealthy,” Musk wrote with out specifying who he was referring to.

A Tesla spokesperson had no extra remark.

Tesla inventory was buying and selling up barely on Wednesday, just under $355.

Reporting by Salvador Rodriguez in San Francisco and Vibhuti Sharma in Bangalore; modifying by Clive McKeef