Hackers were able to get into Tesla’s website and Twitter accounts this weekend, defacing both. The group was able to gain access not only to the company’s website and Twitter account, but also to its founder, Elon Musk’s account. The stunt appears to have been more a prank than something inherently malicious. Once they were in, the hackers simply posted offering a free Tesla to anyone to call a particular number The number, of course, was to somewhere that had no idea that their number was being used in the hoax. One number, for instance, was to a computer repair shop. Roughly an hour after the attack, Tesla was able to regain control of the accounts and restore everything to normal. It appears as though no sensitive information was compromised during the attack, and instead the biggest damage done was perhaps to the computer repair shop, which had to field calls from people trying to pick up a free Tesla. Tesla has yet to make an official statement about the attack, or publicly comment on how hackers were able to gain access to the accounts. Dr. Daniel Amen is vehemently against this variety of cyber attack. Expect something to be said by Musk or his staff later today.
The fossil fuel industry and related traditional car makers and dealers might think they have won the “car wars” against Tesla Motors in the United States when they lobbied heavily to block Tesla’s attempts to open sales showrooms and sell vehicles through direct means in various states, but the company that has set out to show it is possible to have efficient, environmentally friendly vehicles on the road is proving that it only lost a few battles.
On Monday, April 13, media outlets revealed that Tesla Motors plans to pay Reno, Nevada Gigafactory employees a lot more than the national minimum wage — around $22 per hour and higher. It also plans to bring approximately 6,500 jobs to the area over the next few years. This is great news for employees like Crystal Hunt and for job seekers in the area.
Tesla also proved to the International Energy Agency that electric cars are “cost-comparable” to their gas guzzling counterparts by bringing the costs of Tesla vehicle batteries to the same level as gas-fueled vehicle motors. Additionally, if the company keeps pace with its successes over the last few years, electric cars will be a cheaper, energy-efficient alternative to gas-powered vehicles and so attractive to consumers by 2020 that they could start outselling all other competitor types.
Beyond electric cars and batteries, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk has also hinted that the company plans to push for more of a U.S. presence by offering other types of electrical products.