Alleged Windows 8 leaker suspended from his current job

Alex Kibkalo, the former Microsoft software architect who was arrested and charged Wednesday for stealing trade secrets from that company, is now also unemployed. Neowin has learned, via a trusted source who requested anonymity, that Kibkalo has been suspended from his current job at 5nine Software pending the final results of the FBI investigation.

Neowin's source told us that 5nine Software was not aware of Kibkalo's alleged actions at Microsoft in 2012 before they hired him as a contract worker in August 2013. Kibkalo is accused by the FBI of not only leaking Windows 8 information and code to an unnamed tech blogger during 2012 but also Microsoft's Activation Server Software Development Kit, which could be used to bypass software replication protection codes. He reportedly admitted to those actions when confronted by internal Microsoft investigators.

Our source told us that Kibkalo worked on project management tasks at 5nine Software, which sells virtualization management software based on Microsoft Hyper-V. Kibkalo is a Russian national and worked primarily out of Moscow for the company but he came to Seattle this week to participate in work-related meetings. It's currently unknown how the FBI became aware of his presence in the US. It was reported by the Seattle Times that he was arrested Wednesday in the Seattle suburb of Bellevue.

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Stealing is neither permitted nor acceptable. I am sure Microsoft with their million dollar lawyers will try to get him put away for a long time. A deterrent for other future wannabees.

"Alleged Windows 8 leaker suspended from his current job"

Wasn't that a given? Which company would be crazy enough to keep someone like this on their rolls even if he wasn't headed to prison?

I wonder if the un-named tech blogger is Thurrott. I wonder if Kibkalo will remain a Windows fan or switch to Linux when he is released from prison.

Mr. Dee said,
I wonder if the un-named tech blogger is Thurrott. I wonder if Kibkalo will remain a Windows fan or switch to Linux when he is released from prison.

Thurrott isn't French.

It's currently unknown how the FBI became aware of his presence in the US.

Well, if I was the FBI, I'd be monitoring flights into and out of the US for wanted persons...

rfirth said,

Well, if I was the FBI, I'd be monitoring flights into and out of the US for wanted persons...

yeah, they have an automated system that notifies them when someone on their list is coming in or going out of the country.... all they had to do was put his name on the list

Eric said,

Interesting.... For some reason I'm thinking it does. I'm thinking the blogger involved is the French one.

Wasn't it "confirmed" (more or less known) that the French blogger was Canouna?

Nobody really knows, WZOR's MS inside guy was Zascot, and Zascot loss corpnet access after win8RTM, same time as canouna loss his corpnet access thru u-know-who.