Musk reveals to an Indian follower how Tesla caught an employee who leaked data in 2008.

New Delhi: Vaibhav Balghare on Sunday became a prominent Twitter follower of Elon Musk after the Tesla CEO responded to his tweet about how the electric car maker had caught an employee who leaked trade secrets in 2008.

Balgare, who has a Twitter account @NASAEarthMars, asked Musk how he caught “this employee who leaked confidential Tesla data and sold it to the news channel?” in 2008.

The Tesla CEO responded: “It’s a pretty interesting story. We sent everyone emails that looked identical, but each was actually encoded with one or two spaces between sentences, forming a binary signature that identified leaked information.

Another follower asked Musk what finally happened to those employees.

“They were invited to pursue their careers elsewhere,” Musk replied.

When a follower asked the Tesla CEO if he had taken any legal action against them, he said, “Too busy trying to survive at the moment.”

In December last year, Musk responded to Indian engineer Pranai Patole about how the company came close to bankruptcy on Christmas Eve during the 2008 financial crisis.

“On Christmas Eve 2008, Tesla’s funding round closed, Tesla was literally days away from bankruptcy, @elonmuskhad had to put up all his money and assets,” Pathole tweeted.

In response to the tweet, Musk said it’s been a “crazy tough year.”

“Otherwise wages would have bounced two days after Christmas,” he replied.

“It’s been a crazy tough year. Tesla’s funding ended at 6:00 PM on Christmas Eve in the last hour of the last possible day. Otherwise, payroll would have bounced two days after Christmas,” Musk replied.

In 2008, Tesla was in dire need of cash to survive the recession.


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