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Ex-Microsofter arrested over Windows 8 trade secret theft

Alex Kibkalo is accused of sharing enterprise secrets
Thu Mar 20 2014, 10:42
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UNITED STATES law enforcement authorities have arrested a man on suspicion of pinching Windows 8 software from Microsoft and sharing it.

The chap arrested was Alex Kibkalo, an ex-Microsoft employee. The Seattle PI newspaper said that he is accused of stealing trade secrets while still in the employ of the Redmond machine, and showing them off.

Kibkalo was a seven year veteran at the firm when allegedly he began taking trade secrets home with him. He is accused of snatching elements of Windows 8 and sharing them with a French blogger, who remains unnamed so far.

The ex-Microsoft staffer is accused of taking the lead on the leaks, and allegedly began discussing the possibility of sharing Windows software in the summer of 2012. The Seattle PI said that he mooted sharing enterprise software and that this was cautiously accepted by the blogger.

"I would leak enterprise today probably," Kibkalo allegedly said, according to charging papers. "Hmm," the blogger replied. "Are you sure you want to do that? Lol."

The blogger raised the point that leaking the software would be illegal, and the accused leaker allegedly acknowledged that.

Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing investigators suspected Kibkalo and were able to trace the French blogger to a Hotmail account. There they read that the source had previously and successfully shared Windows 7 code, and was planning to access a Redmond building and take over a server.

The Seattle PI reported that Microsoft suspects Kibkalo also leaked internal documents. He allegedly started leaking materials after receiving a poor performance review. µ


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