Tesla Motors’ Twitter account was hacked

It's not clear who's actually behind the attack.


Patrick Howell O'Neill


Published Apr 25, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 11:48 pm CDT

Tesla Motors’ website and Twitter account were hacked and defaced on Saturday by an individual or group using the hashtag #RIPPRGANG, though it’s not clear at all who is really behind the attack.

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The breach has lasted at least 45 minutes, as of publication. Tesla’s website was unreachable as of 5:20pm ET, 30 minutes after being defaced.


The hacker or hackers published a phone number on Twitter and claimed to be various Twitter accounts like @rootworx, but @rootworx says he’s not involved.

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In cases like these, accurate attribution takes some time if it occurs at all.

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We will update with any new information. 

Photo via Tesla Motors

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*First Published: Apr 25, 2015, 6:41 pm CDT