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Re: Fallout from leak prosecution prompts Microsoft promise to stop snooping
From: Paul Ferguson <fergdawgster () mykolab com>
Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2014 07:21:18 -0700

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Too little, too late.

If they hadn't been caught publicly violating this journalist's
privacy, would they have been so (public) quick to change their "tactics"?

Also: "If you are not paying for a product, you *are* the product."

Free webmail is simply a stellar example of this maxim.

- - ferg

On 3/29/2014 6:07 PM, Jeffrey Walton wrote:

http://www.seattlepi.com/local/article/Fallout-from-leak-prosecution-prompts-Microsoft-5358047.php

 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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