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Russian pleads not guilty in foiled Tesla ransomware plot

Posted at 10:46 AM, Sep 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-25 13:48:14-04

RENO (AP) — A Russian citizen accused of offering a Tesla employee $1 million to enable a ransomware attack at the electric car company's plant in Nevada has pleaded not guilty to a federal conspiracy charge.

Egor Kriuchkov added during a Thursday court appearance that he wants to get through the legal process as fast as possible. The 26-year-old says the Russian government knows of his case.

U.S. authorities haven't alleged that Kriuchkov has ties to the Kremlin. The judge ordered Kriuchkov to remain in custody pending trial. A conviction could bring five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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