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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday March 20 2014, @12:00PM   Printer-friendly
from the who-wanted-that? dept.

Rashek writes:

"Alex Kibkalo, an ex-Microsoft employee was just arrested for stealing and leaking company secrets.

Having spent seven years working for Microsoft, Kibkalo is alleged to have leaked Windows 8 code to a French technology blogger in mid-2012, prior to the software's release. Kibkalo was apparently angry over a poor performance review."

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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by bucc5062 on Thursday March 20 2014, @06:43PM

    by bucc5062 (699) on Thursday March 20 2014, @06:43PM (#19015)

    On Sept. 3, 2012, the blogger sent the stolen software development kit code to a Microsoft employee asking that he or she verify it, the FBI agent said in court papers. The worker went to a Microsoft executive instead.

    Sheesh! Both of them are a class of dim-bulbs. The one makes a copy (with some attempt to do harm), brags about it, acknowledges his "illegal" act on a public message board then if a fit of brilliance, confesses to the people he meant to damage. With this level of intelligence at MS, Windows 8 makes more sense.

    The the blogger has the hubris to reach out to MS to ask, "hey, I got this nice internal toolkit and can you verify it is an authentic internal security toolkit?". I would figure that the blogger could get sucked into this mess by accepting material (viewed as stolen) without reporting the crime. I am also thinking that since it crossed international borders the Feds may have a field day with this guy. If an activist can get 35+ years for downloading basically free material (then kills himself), this broken lightbulb may wind up rotting in some hole as an example to future MS employees who are upset over a performance review.

    I am trying to find sympathy, I RTFA, I just can't. FFS, a bad review is not worth the rest of your life.

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