Earlier this week, a 27-year-old Russian citizen was arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for trying to carry out a ransomware attack against a US-based Electric vehicle manufacturer company, Tesla.
As per the details of the complaint shared by the Department of Justice of the US, back in July, the Russian citizen named Egor Igorevich Kriuchkov travelled to the United States (US) and contacting a Russian speaking, a non-US citizen who was reportedly working at the Tesla Gigafactory in Nevada, one of the states of the US.
After having a meeting with the employee of the company, he was proposed a deal by the Russian citizen. According to the details, Kriuchkov would pay the employee of Tesla 1 million US dollars to deliver malware to the computer systems at the Gigafactory.
Kriuchkov, 27, and his other partners in crime have allegedly planned to extract sensitive data from the network and threaten the company to make it public if it didn’t pay a ransom.
After that, the employee immediately informed Tesla about the plan of Kriuchkov, the company contacted the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and a sting operation had been launched against the Russian national. According to the details, the agents of the FBI have arrested Kriuchkov in Los Angeles as he was attempting to leave the United States (US).