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Fallout from leak prosecution prompts Microsoft promise to stop snooping
From: Jeffrey Walton <noloader () gmail com>
Date: Sat, 29 Mar 2014 21:07:38 -0400


A former Microsoft Corp. worker accused of leaking Windows 8 to a
blogger appears poised to cut a plea deal as Microsoft swears off the
investigative techniques it used to catch him.

As first reported here, federal prosecutors in Seattle claim software
architect Alex Kibkalo stole Microsoft trade secrets while working for
the company. Investigators contend Kibkalo was also caught bragging
about leaking Windows 7 program files, as well as an internal system
meant to protect against software piracy.

The prosecution highlighted Microsoft’s internal investigation into
the matter, which saw Microsoft security dig through the unidentified
blogger’s Hotmail account in an effort to unmask him.

That revelation prompted Microsoft on Friday to pledge not to comb
through user’s email if investigators suspect the user stole from
Microsoft. The Redmond corporation has instead promised to refer its
suspicions to law enforcement.

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