Last Saturday, one or more hackers attacked the Twitter and media-relations email accounts of Palo Alto electric-carmaker Tesla Motors, fraudulently Tweeting to the company’s 564,000 or so followers, and sending at least one email response to a media correspondent.
Automotive News reported on the cyber-break-in, not citing any major damage from the incident. The Tweets fraudulently posted from the Tesla Motors Twitter profile were removed within an hour of posting.
Damages resulting from the Tesla Motors media-relations email account being hacked sound equally limited; according to AN, the hacker did respond to one email, telling the contact that “it’s not been hacked sir,” and claiming to be a “teslapress [sic] representative.” This particular hacker, it seems, had no eye for typographical errors.
Of course, the hacking of company Twitter accounts is hardly rare, and automakers are no exception to the rule. In February of 2013, the Jeep brand’s Twitter account informed followers that the brand had been purchased by Cadillac. This was, of course, untrue.
But kind of funny.