Former Microsoft employee pleads guilty to leaking Windows 8 code

A former Microsoft employee who was arrested two weeks ago in connection with leaking Windows 8 code before its release has now agreed to plead guilty to theft of trade secrets. The former employee, Alex Kibkalo, entered his plea in a Seattle courtroom on Monday.

The Seattle Post Intelligencer reports that Kibkalo has already agreed to be sentenced to three months in federal prison and will also pay a fine of $22,500 to Microsoft. He is currently in custody and will get his official sentencing hearing in July.

Kibkalo, who worked at Microsoft for seven years as a software architect before leaving in 2012, leaked code from Windows 8 in mid-2012 to an unnamed French tech blogger, possibly the person known on the Internet as "Canoua" along with Microsoft's Activation Server Software Development Kit which was made to help prevent unauthorized copies of the company's software.

In its internal investigation of the leak, Microsoft read the content of a Hotmail account used by the blogger. This fact was revealed as part of Kibkalo's arrest and set off alarms from pro-privacy groups that Microsoft had gone too far in searching the email of the blogger, even if the company's own Terms of Service allowed such practices to take place. Last week, Microsoft announced it will now inform law enforcement first if it suspects someone uses its services to leak internal company information.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer | Image via Microsoft

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considering this is america i'm shocked at the low length of jail time and low fine. I wonder whether microsoft pushed for lower sentencing as he was an employee and may have done some good work whilst he was there. His leaks allow for those win 7 loader activator and the 180day kms activator on win8. Microsoft will have lost a lot of cash over this, i'm shocked at the leniency.

Or Microsoft understands piracy more then most companies :p

Most that have pirated Windows 7 or 8 would've done so in another way or just stick with an older Windows until there was a new one.

Wow, the US is messed up.
Steal company secrets get jail time.
Sexually assault your infant daughter and you get probation, if you're a DuPont.

True it's messed up but don't diminished the severity of the crime against that little girl by calling it assault. call it what it was. Rape.


yeah, but did you actually ever eat jail/prison food? I know field rations are meh, but I swear, I ate the nastiest food in my life when I was in jail!

3 months.. Free clothes, meals, bit of entertainment, min security... I did more hard time during Boot camp, guy got off easy imo

dingl_ said,
3 months.. Free clothes, meals, bit of entertainment, min security... I did more hard time during Boot camp, guy got off easy imo


easy ? Where is this guy going to get a job at ?
IMO I hope MS an example out of him and sue him and make him go bankrupt

anyway we will not see him ever again

dingl_ said,
3 months.. Free clothes, meals, bit of entertainment, min security... I did more hard time during Boot camp, guy got off easy imo

Worse part is who will ever hire this guy again?? KFC? He might steal the secret recipe!?