Former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly leaking early copies of Windows 8 and Windows 7 and selling it to a French blogger, Seattle PI reports. What could potentially be more damaging to the company is a court document obtained by CNET, which states that the company accessed the blogger’s private Hotmail account to look for the identity of the of the leaker. Also Read - International Yoga Day 2021: 5 Best Yoga apps to improve flexibility, reduce stress
According to the complaint filed by Microsoft, Kibkalo is accused of having leaked confidential Windows 8 beta copies to the blogger. The blogger, under an alias, is said to have then got access to Microsoft’s Activation Server Software Development Kit and sold it online, which in turn let users bypass the activation process on the company’s proprietary software. The motivation is yet unclear, but the complaint notes that Kibkalo was given a poor performance review and threatened to quit, if the company didn’t amend it. Also Read - Disney Pixar Filter: How to get and use the 3D cartoon face filter on Snapchat, Instagram, TikTok
During an investigation of an employee we discovered evidence that the employee was providing stolen [intellectual property], including code relating to our activation process, to a third party. In order to protect our customers and the security and integrity of our products, we conducted an investigation over many months with law enforcement agencies in multiple countries. This included the issuance of a court order for the search of a home relating to evidence of the criminal acts involved. The investigation repeatedly identified clear evidence that the third party involved intended to sell Microsoft IP and had done so in the past.
As part of the investigation, we took the step of a limited review of this third party’s Microsoft operated accounts. While Microsoft’s terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances. We apply a rigorous process before reviewing such content. In this case, there was a thorough review by a legal team separate from the investigating team and strong evidence of a criminal act that met a standard comparable to that required to obtain a legal order to search other sites. In fact, as noted above, such a court order was issued in other aspects of the investigation.