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Former Microsoft employee jailed for Windows 8 leak

Former Microsoft employee jailed for Windows 8 leak

Kibkalo leaked pre-release information surrounding Windows 8 RT along with the Activation Server Software Development Kit.

A former Microsoft employee has been sentenced to three months in jail for leaking a build of Windows 8 to a French blogger.

Alex Kibkalo originally faced a 10 year stint in prison for stealing trade secrets but managed to reach a deal with federal prosecutors for a greatly reduced sentence accompanied by a $100 fine.

In reality, the sentence is even less than three months as it will not run from the date of the judgment but will instead be counted from when he was arrested back in March, as Kibkalo has been held in custody since then. This means he will actually be released some time next week, but it is reported that he will then be deported to his home country, Russia.

Kibkalo leaked pre-release information concerning Windows 8 RT along with a copy of the Activation Server Software Development Kit before the operating system's 2012 release. This particular leak piqued the interest of the media and privacy groups thanks to the unusual methods that Microsoft employed to gather evidence of the breach, as the company sifted through the receiving blogger’s Hotmail account and Live messenger chat logs to do so.

Following backlash from privacy advocates, Microsoft reworked its privacy policy back in March to promise that user data would not be gathered in this way again, even in the case of a leak of its intellectual property. Microsoft also promised not to use documents, photos and email content to target ads to users, likely a jab at Google’s current practises.

Windows 8 was released in late 2012 with its first major patch arriving in 2013 in the form of WIndows 8.1 which aimed to try and placate complains about various features of the new operating system, including the absence of the start button.

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Spreadie 16th June 2014, 14:16 Quote
I'm surprised the case wasn't thrown out, given the methods they appear to have used to gather evidence.

Then again, this is the American legal system we're talking about.
Corky42 16th June 2014, 14:55 Quote
I thought Microsoft only looked through his Hotmail account and Live messenger chat logs after being served a warrant by the FBI, although i maybe thinking of some other breach of privacy, there are so many now days it's hard to keep track of them all.
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Originally Posted by Spreadie
I'm surprised the case wasn't thrown out, given the methods they appear to have used to gather evidence.

Then again, this is the American legal system we're talking about.



Next you will be saying they lock people up without trial, or intercept our private communications without good cause. ;)
schmidtbag 16th June 2014, 17:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
I thought Microsoft only looked through his Hotmail account and Live messenger chat logs after being served a warrant by the FBI, although i maybe thinking of some other breach of privacy, there are so many now days it's hard to keep track of them all.

I sincerely hope so, because otherwise this news needs to get into a wider range of attention. Not so much for discouraging developers from leaking stuff but so people know that MS can quickly and easily look through your stuff without permission.

Makes me wonder why this guy felt leaking this was so important in the first place. He had to have known the consequences.
Corky42 16th June 2014, 17:50 Quote
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Makes me wonder why this guy felt leaking this was so important in the first place. He had to have known the consequences.

I think they didn't part on the best of terms so he decided to throw a hissy fit, from what i read Microsoft didn't care much about the leaking of Windows 8, it was more the leaking of the Activation Server Software Development Kit.
AlphaAngel 16th June 2014, 23:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Corky42
Next you will be saying they lock people up without trial, or intercept our private communications without good cause. ;)

That's if they don't decide to just kill you first without trial:

http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2014/mar/19/kesha-rogers/four-us-citizens-killed-obama-drone-strikes-3-were/
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