Tesla, SpaceX files leaked after hack

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Cyber criminals have stolen important SpaceX and Tesla documents and are leaking them online.

The hackers belong to a group known as DoppelPaymer and they’ve targeted a US manufacturer that works with Elon Musk’s companies.

The cyber crime group took the documents from a company called Visser Precision.

This firm is known to manufacture parts for several major companies.

So far the hackers have leaked nondisclosure agreements between Visser Precision and Musk’s companies SpaceX and Tesla.

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Elon Musk founded both Tesla and SpaceX. Picture: Reuters / Patrick T. Fallon
media_cameraElon Musk founded both Tesla and SpaceX. Picture: Reuters / Patrick T. Fallon

The cyber criminals are threatening to expose even more documents that they took from Visser’s network unless a ransom is paid.

Experts aren’t sure how the criminals hacked into Visser’s computer network but we do know they stole data and then encrypted computers at the firm to try and extort a ransom.

Visser Precision is said to be operating as normal as an investigation into the attack continues.

A spokesperson for the company told Sky News that the firm was “the recent target of a criminal cyber security incident, including access to or theft of data”.

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A SpaceX rocket carrying satellites into space takes off from a base in Florida in January this year. Picture: NASA TV / AFP
media_cameraA SpaceX rocket carrying satellites into space takes off from a base in Florida in January this year. Picture: NASA TV / AFP

The hackers are also said to have accessed documents from other major companies like Boeing, Jeff Bezo’s SpaceX rival Blue Origin and Lockheed Martin.

When Sky News asked whether these companies had been informed about the leak by Visser, the spokesperson said: “Visser Precision will continue full co-operation with its customer partner companies, but will make no further press comment at this time.”

The hacking news will come as another blow to SpaceX, which saw one of its Starship prototypes explode during a pressure test on Friday.

Originally published as Tesla, SpaceX files leaked after hack