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Ex-Microsoft employee involved in Windows 8 leaks sentenced to three months in prison

By Himanshu Arora ยท 18 replies
Jun 13, 2014
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  1. Alex Kibkalo, the former Microsoft employee who stole trade secrets and leaked Windows 8 builds to a French blogger, was on Tuesday sentenced to three months in jail. He will also have to pay a $100 fine.

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  2. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,467   +1,252

    Hotmail is a free service provided by Microsoft, I honestly don't see what they did as "too far". I hope I'm not the only one.
    spectrenad, m4a4 and davislane1 like this.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Microsoft has a right to defend it's IP but what's concerning is the way they did it. how many accounts did they have to scratch through to find the culprit and what other saucy secrets did they stumble upon whilst doing this? There's nothing secretive, touchy or sensitive in my inboxes but I certainly wouldn't want anybody just digging through it.
  4. amstech

    amstech IT Overlord Posts: 2,139   +1,303

    If they base his punishment on how well Windows 8 did, he should be out of jail in a few hours.
    lmike6453 and havok585 like this.
  5. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,393   +296

    Is Alex Kibkalo = WZOR or is he the contact of WZOR?
  6. Hexic

    Hexic TS Evangelist Posts: 478   +307

    If you are using Microsoft's or Google's services, fully expect your information to be available to scrutiny. It is a free service, and fully owned and operated by the respective companies. Therefore, they can do whatever they want with their own property.

    There are no such things as "privacy" or the "expectation of privacy" on the internet. If you're doing shady things on your account, go into it with the understanding that it takes three keystrokes for a sysadmin to pull up -all- of your data.

    It appears that certain people's ignorance is being commonly mistaken with corporate property rights. I may be incorrect, but that's my personal take.
  7. ddg4005

    ddg4005 TS Guru Posts: 392   +58

    Hopefully he won't drop the soap in the shower.
  8. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,467   +1,252

    It would have been easy, see who's he's been emailing, and go through there mailboxes on Hotmail, so they would have looked at basically everyone in his contact list. Not a lot of people to be honest :/
  9. Additionally, there are the algos they can deploy to rapidly search for the offending material. Given that fact alone, I'm somewhat surprised he'd be naive enough to think leaking sensitive information over a company-owned service wouldn't get flagged almost immediately upon investigation.
    spectrenad likes this.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    No you don't understand. How did they know he was the culprit? They must've checked tons of emails of all their employees before stumbling onto him. If they suspected him right off the bat then it would've been easy.
  11. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,467   +1,252

    I work for an IT company, I 100% understand they have the right to read through my company emails and my company own equipment, same in this case, Microsoft has the right to do the same thing, I don't understand the outrage? Sure, Microsoft is a big company, so maybe they did go searching through lots of peoples accounts, so what? they have the right to do so, this guys the ***** who used Hotmail to send sensitive data!
  12. hahahanoobs

    hahahanoobs TS Evangelist Posts: 2,436   +862

    Jail not prison. They don't send you to prison for a measly 3 months.
  13. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    I understand they have the right to scratch through your email if they suspect you but do they have the right to go check out everybody's? Not according to what I've read that's why MS have amended their terms and conditions. And who's to say they only went through their employees...
    But I digress and agree he was a chump to use Hotmail, he should've pulled a Snowden on the crowd and used a secure encrypted email service provider.
    Burty117 likes this.

    IAMTHESTIG TS Evangelist Posts: 1,680   +773

    Anyone else laugh at the $100 fine?
    lmike6453 likes this.
  15. havok585

    havok585 TS Addict Posts: 200   +57

    Yes u are right, u are INcorrect.
  16. Yep that is what you get for speeding.ahahahah. 100 dollars. So he won't be able to buy strippers drinks for a couple of days. hahaha. Now that is such a severe punishments. Also about rights. Are we all communist here? Since when does free give rights away?Same could be said about Microsoft. If he leaked the software on the free internet. Windows 8 should be free now for all. This is the kind of I D I O T reasoning that erodes our rights everywhere.
    bielius likes this.
  17. So you are told that hotmail is free. Ha? Say wa? Last time I checked windows is the most expensive software on the planet. So when is anything free that comes with windows. Them saying that anything is free is just screwing with your head. Only free if you pirate windows. I hear discussions that anything microsoft does is built into the price of windows. Even them giving away software in poor countries so it can be used to scam people (cough Nigeria cough) Also email is the wrong name. It should be called e-postcard not email. It is not encrypted there fore it is not in an envelope.
  18. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,467   +1,252

    Then why can I sign up and use Hotmail on my Linux OS without paying a penny?
    I even login to my hotmail account on an Apple Mac! Crazy?! Doesn't cost me a penny either...

    Also Hotmail has been using full session HTTPS SSL encryption since 2010...
  19. bielius

    bielius TS Addict Posts: 214   +17

    I would like to know your definition of "free". It is a kind of right that exists not in your continual present, but in the swastika(the eastern version) kind of way, in the ideological zone. So you may not use it in every given moment, but you do have it. It is up to your realisation what other "service providers" will do to your Life

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