Former Microsoft employee accused of leaking software pleads guilty

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A former Microsoft employee has pleaded guilty to charges related to sharing software code for looming company products.

On March 17 federal prosecutors charged Alex Kibkalo for handing the trade secrets over to an unknown technology blogger, who then proceeded to release the company software code online, according to court documents.

Kibkalo originally faced up to 10 years in prison as well as a fine of up to $250,000, but according to Monday’s Plea greement, he and prosecutors recommended a three-month prison term and a fine of $22,500 to the court.

In order to find out who was supplying the code, Microsoft searched the blogger’s Hotmail account, a service provided by the tech giant. This move gained attention from privacy advocates, which prompted the company to change its policy related to cases like this, according to the Wall Street Journal

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William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]

William Fieldhouse

I currently work full time as a penetration tester and have been involved within the IT security industry for over a decade. I also love to pioneer any forms of new technology and ideologies for future advancements. Feel free to contact me at [email protected]