Ex-Microsoft employee arrested for leaking Windows 8 copies

In 2012, the final copies of Windows 8 Enterprise edition were leaked to the world just before the official release of the same. No action was taken against anyone since the suspect wasn’t known.

But it seems Alex Kibkalo was revisited by the errors of his past and he has now been arrested for the leaks. He had leaked the copies to an unnamed French Blogger who writes on technology. He was arrested on the basis of  stealing and leaking confidential corporate secrets.

Kibkalo was reportedly motivated to leak the copies after being given a poor performance review by Microsoft.

Alex was till now serving as a software architect at Microsoft. He was also being accused of stealing Microsoft’s “Activation Server Software Development Kit,”which is a software that is used for curbing piracy.

The French blogger had also leaked the kit online thus enabling anyone to circumvent the activation procedure needed for using Microsoft products such as Office and Windows. Ironic that an anti-piracy kit actually promoted the use of privacy.

He had uploaded the files on his personal SkyDrive account and provided the links to the files to the French blogger.

In Microsoft’s words he “uploaded proprietary software including prerelease software updates for Windows 8 RT and ARM devices, as well as the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit (SDK) to a computer in Redmond, Washington, and subsequently to his personal Windows Live SkyDrive account.”

The complain was filed in court on March 17 after a year of intense investigations and Alex has been declared guilty on Wednesday.


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