Elon Musk is backtracking and keeping Tesla public and the very bad, no good ransomware virus named NotPetya

There’s so much going on out there in the world — from Elon Musk’s craziness with Tesla to an insane tale of a massive computer virus named NotPetya and more — and by reading this newsletter, you’re getting the lowdown on the biggest news happening this week.

Elon Musk is no longer taking Tesla private, according to the company

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Elon Musk has changed his mind on his hastily concocted plan to take Tesla private, which he announced on Twitter on August 7, sending both investors and regulators scrambling. Then he explained his reasoning in a blog post, accepting investor's concerns that it might be difficult to buy out and bring along existing shareholders.

Shares of the company fell around 4 percent on Monday when the announcement was made that he would not take the company private.

"Additionally, a number of institutional shareholders have explained that they have internal compliance issues that limit how much they can invest in a private company," he wrote. There's lots of logistical issues that going private involves, and the CEO's current focus is on increasing Model 3 production and making the company profitable. In an email sent to employees, he said he is "incredibly excited to continue leading Tesla as a public company.”

The interesting flip-flop saga began with a tweet in which Musk announced his plans to take the company private, followed a week later by him announcing that the mystery funder funding his plan was the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund. But then the company began to be investigated by the SEC and lawsuits were launched by investors who were upset with the plan. Then, on August 14, Tesla announced that a "special committee" was formed to discover if the plan was possible before dissolving the committee on Thursday.

This news comes after the Tesla founder told The New York Times that this past year "has been the most difficult and painful year of my career. It was excruciating."

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It first started with an IT administrator prepping a software update for Copenhagen-based shipping company A.P. Møller-Maersk's 80,000 employees when his computer spontaneously restarted. Employees for the company work across 574 offices in 130 countries around the world and with big-profile customers spending thousands of dollars on shipping with them, this was disastrous.

The computer restarted because it was infected with a malware called NotPetya, a ransomware virus that was discovered in 2016 infecting Windows-based computers by rewriting the master boot record to essentially prevent the computer from booting. WIRED goes into great detail in an epic tale of the company battling against this virus and how, though with millions of dollars lost, they somehow came out victorious.

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