A former Microsoft employee is facing charges for stealing and leaking Microsoft trade secrets relating to Windows software, FBI officials said.
Alex Kibkalo ended up arrested Wednesday accused of stealing trade secrets in 2012 while he worked as a software architect at the company, said charges filed in the Western District of U.S. District Court.
The charges said he leaked Windows 8 program files that had at the time were not available, as well as Windows 7 program files, to a blogger based in France, who subsequently posted screenshots of the files online.
The incident underlines the threats faced by businesses from insiders leaking confidential information.
The FBI also included transcripts of chats between Kibkalo and the blogger to prove he intended to leak more information in the future.
“I would leak enterprise today probably,” Kibkalo told the blogger during one exchange, according to charging papers.
“Hmm,” the blogger replied, saying that such a move would be illegal. “Are you sure you want to do that? Lol.”
Kibkalo replied: “I know :),” the papers said.
Microsoft used its Trustworthy Computing division to track down the leak by searching through the contents of the blogger’s email accounts. The FBI said Kibkalo admitted to leaking the information when confronted.
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