Accused of trying to hack and extort Tesla Russian citizenpleaded guilty to avoid jury trial and prolonged prison stays. According to the appeal agreement Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, “Conspiracy to intentionally damage a protected computer” that is, he will be convicted of hacking.
Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov is expected to receive a lighter penalty.
In the summer of 2020 Kriuchkov, one Russian cyber By order of the criminal gang ABDwent to and Nevada Sparks‘such Tesla GigafactoryHe contacted a Russian-speaking worker in. Kriuchkov‘a, Gigafactoryto send malware to computer systems in 1 million dollars allegedly offered to pay.
He and his partners allegedly planned to extract data from the network and threatened to reveal relevant data if Tesla did not pay a ransom. Working, Teslaimmediately informed about this amazing plan and the company FBI contacted with. Agents started an operation and ABDtrying to leave Kriuchkovarrested. FBI According to his records Kriuchkov, to help the employee $ 250,000 offered a fee.
Kriuchkov initially 3 September 2020He claimed that he was not guilty in the charges made in. September 2021 a jury trial was planned for five years in prison, three years on probation if convicted, and $ 250,000 He would face a fine.
However, the criminal complaint Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov, currently with a three-year probation period 4 ila 10 ay It will stand for a while between. The suspect will also not receive a fine, but for extradition to Tesla $ 14,824.88 need to pay. In addition, the plea agreement has been subject to prosecution approval and the date of the next hearing 10 May 2021 was determined.