A Sacramento mayor is suing Tesla Inc over a breach of a security system used by the automaker to prevent hackers from accessing sensitive information about its vehicles.
In a lawsuit filed on Thursday, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and several members of his city council said they are seeking damages for the breach and other damages related to the breach.
“We have been repeatedly informed that Tesla has been monitoring and monitoring the San Francisco City Council’s access to the City’s computer systems and has been aware of the vulnerabilities of its software and services,” the mayor’s lawsuit says.
The mayor says Tesla has failed to address the vulnerabilities that it has exposed to the public.””
The city council members have since had their access to Tesla revoked, the mayor alleges.”
The mayor says Tesla has failed to address the vulnerabilities that it has exposed to the public.
“Tesla has refused to disclose how many of its vehicles have been compromised, and in fact has withheld information from the public for years about the vulnerabilities it has discovered.”
Newsom’s suit said the breach had been discovered months before the city began the process of investigating the matter.
The mayor is seeking unspecified damages, unspecified compensatory damages and punitive damages, and said he would seek injunctive relief.
Tesla said it was aware of a vulnerability in its systems and was working to fix it.
The automaker has not responded to a request for comment.
Newsom has been a vocal critic of Tesla over its handling of the hack, saying in June it had not implemented the most recent version of the Tesla’s Autopilot system.
Tesla said at the time it had “significant” security improvements in place, including the ability to identify the location of an intruder and to lock the car door.