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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > Microsoft Employee Arrested for Leaking the Code

Microsoft Employee Arrested for Leaking the Code

Microsoft Employee Arrested for Leaking the Code

Added: Friday, March 28th, 2014
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Industries Of Records, Gaming, Software, Movies
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A former Microsoft employee has been arrested in Seattle. The company accused him of leaking Windows 8 to a French tech blogger.Russian national Alex Kibkalo, an ex-Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, is currently facing criminal charges after passing trade secrets to an unnamed blogger.


Alex Kibkalo, once a software architect for Microsoft, leaked parts of Windows 8 code and the kit required to activate the software. The unnamed French blogger then published screenshots of the unreleased OS for everyone to see. The employee admitted to Microsoft security that he provided confidential corporate data to the blogger. Unsurprisingly enough, he was invited to clean out his desk.

The name of the blogger remains unknown, but the court documents read that he or she was well-known for posting screenshots of pre-release version of the OS. The problem is that the blogger hid their identity stating falsely that they were from Quebec. The court papers also say that Microsoft discovered unauthorized transmissions of proprietary and confidential trade secrets to the blogger: its security experts found an email from Kibkalo within the blogger’s Hotmail account.

Despite the fact that the blogger only published screenshots of Windows 8 (though they spread widely online), the employee is also accused of encouraging the blogger to publish the activation kit, a key part of the company’s anti-piracy system.

The blogger posted the leaked details on Twitter and blog and sold Windows Server activation keys on eBay. Microsoft claims that in summer 2012, Alex Kibkalo uploaded proprietary software including pre-release software updates of Windows 8 RT and ARM devices, and the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit to a PC in Washington and subsequently to his own Windows Live Sky Drive account, normally used to customize the product code to ensure proper validation in the product key activation process.

It also became known that Alex Kibkalo, who was employed by Microsoft for 7 years, got a poor performance review in 2012 and threatened to resign if it wasn’t amended. He has since relocated to Russia to work for another US -based tech firm.

Media reports say that Kibkalo was caught after the blogger contacted Microsoft to make sure the leaked Windows 8 code was authentic.

March 28th,2014

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Date:  Friday, March 28th, 2014

Comments (17) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2014-03-28 13:59:54)
metazip avatarSo who gave Microsoft permission to search the blogger’s Hotmail account? Just because you can doesn't make it right. The old adage, two wrongs don't make a right...If Microsoft hires people who basically can't keep it in their pants, whose fault is it really?

posted by (2014-03-28 15:20:01)
TheyHackL33T avatarThanks SaM for the article as always, Also Metazip that was the only thing i was thinking, was how did they obtain access to his email legally, google is all butthurt that a actual employee did this to them.

posted by (2014-03-28 19:31:28)
ihaveabluewaffle avatarms makes me fart

posted by Turtle (2014-03-29 01:34:20)
bigcow2k avatar@metazip: where have you been all these while? Microsoft OWNS Hotmail, so therefore MS doesn't need to ask permission from anyone else to search anyone's hotmail account.

posted by Turtle (2014-03-29 01:39:30)
bigcow2k avatar@#2: Same goes to you too... plus... You thanked sam for the article, but did you ACTUALLY read it??? lmao

posted by (2014-03-29 02:18:21)
TheBlackMamba avatarThats why I dont fux with hotmail Lol

posted by (2014-03-29 02:29:22)
Mr_T_Cat avatarI know this will disagree with most of you. But I dont see why Microsoft should not monitor employees email activity. This was in fact theft. If it happened in a shop they would be arrested why should he not be too.

posted by (2014-03-29 03:56:51)
metazip avatarTo # 4: It's called illegal. Wiretapping, scanning or reading emails requires a court subpoena. Just because you can doesn't make it legal. Based on that, the case may get thrown out. Also, they scanned and read the blogger's email. Maybe you should reread the article and pay more attention. It's called comprehension. Are you related to General Alexander of NSA fame? He has the same problem in reading the US Constitution.

To # 7: Nothing wrong as long as they tell employees they have the right to do it on their work account accounts up front. To have them do the same with your private account off company premises again requires a subpoena.

posted by Blocked (2014-03-29 04:17:52)
No avatar@ metazip: I believe that buried in their TOS - as in most major email services' - is a clause stating that they have the right to access your account anytime they want. You agree to it when you check that little box stating that you have read & understood the TOS and agree to its conditions.

posted by Turtle (2014-03-29 05:03:50)
No avatarYeah it's only wire-tapping if it's not their servers or it's not them accessing the data and there's no court order.

Google reads your email constantly to tailor ads to you unless you turn it off. But even without permission, when you give the data to them they own it and can read it, give it to all their employees or the government or whatever they want as I understand it.

posted by (2014-03-29 07:14:12)
ancientwolfgr avatarThe blogger blew the whistle. Learn to read. Chances are they may have even offered the blogger compensation for active participation in finding the leak and its source. Gotta love companies who justifiably, will put a cigar out on your forehead if you mess with their property. I'd have broke his legs as well.

posted by Turtle (2014-03-29 15:37:10)
MadmanMac avatarwell, fair n true enough, but since most o windows original code, basics and indeed the mouse were stolen I gota say the only word here is Ironic.

posted by (2014-03-30 13:45:44)
metazip avatarTo # 9 and the rest out there...Read the next article about Google Aps for Education violating US laws.

posted by Turtle (2014-03-30 22:09:27)
bigcow2k avatar#13 illegal or not, that google article u told us to read is way different than this situation. Here, as #7 said, a crime is involved, but google "scans emails to deliver ads" - for PROFIT purposes.
Oh yeah, for "comprehension" purposes, go read the next article "All Tech Giants Can Read User Emails"

posted by Turtle (2014-03-30 22:21:12)
bigcow2k avatarJust to make u understand better, let's put it this way: if u rent out a room in your house to someone and that someone steals your underwear, would you even need a court order to search his room?

posted by (2014-03-31 03:20:05)
TeryongNoypi avatarMicrosoft Employee Arrested for Leaking the Code?

posted by Turtle (2014-03-31 16:38:51)
EAGLE_SHADOW avatarhuman nature is always greedy

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