Microsoft says 12th alleged Russian spy was employee in Redmond

Microsoft said that an alleged Russian spy was an employee at their headquarters in Redmond. According to businessweek, the Russian spy was a software tester for Microsoft, who was part of a spy ring sending information back to Russian officials.

The group admitted to carrying money or sending coded messages back to Russian officials and instructing others how to obtain information that might be useful to Russia. The groups object was to construct fake identifications and infiltrate U.S. policy-making circles. The man working at Microsoft's headquarters in Redmond, Alexey Karetnikov, has been taken into custody by the FBI.

One of the members, going by the name Donald Heathfield, was attempting to get an employee at Stategic Forecasting Inc to use his software. Heathfield was later identified as Andrey Bezrukov, and suspected of trying to use this software to secretly send back information to Moscow.

Bezrukov and “Tracey Foley,” who later indentified herself as Elena Vavilova, were both deported back to Moscow after revealing information about their home in Cambridge, Massachusetts and all the funds in their four bank accounts.

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The fact our Government makes such a big deal about catching "spies" is hypocritical, considering we have our own "spies" in their country. Its like everything our Government and law enforcement do, they always twist the truth around to make everyone else look evil.

TC17 said,
The fact our Government makes such a big deal about catching "spies" is hypocritical, considering we have our own "spies" in their country. Its like everything our Government and law enforcement do, they always twist the truth around to make everyone else look evil.

Our government actually downplayed its importance to the press and just used it to set up a spy swap. So, whatever...

Either our spies are a lot better at not getting caught, or Russia is playing dirty pool a lot more than we are, lol.

MS was so ashamed by the poor quality of the Russian spies they were sent, that they decided to release all of their source code to the russian gov !

Now the Russians will know that at MS, they're not toying around with your mother's secrets, and that it's worth sending them REAL spies next time !

Damn, its too bad they caught him. I could have imagined him providing all the latest info on Microsoft technologies to Russian techs. Dimitri Softwarezy: Yes! Finally we will be the new tech giant! Three days later, 467 lawsuits, Russia falls into a great depression.

Neb Okla said,
...and in tomorrow's news, North Korean and Iranian spies designed the iPhone 4 antenna.

Not true! Everyone knows that's a Taliban plot to ruin our economy by destroying Apple.

Glen said,

Not true! Everyone knows that's a Taliban plot to ruin our economy by destroying Apple.

Apple is run by Taliban.

Fact :they followers are dumb and fanatics.

Tha Bloo Monkee said,
This only begs the question: "If they found this one spy, how many other hundreds or thousands out there do they not know about?"

...Or that they DO know about, but won't give up 'cos they'll only lose their own spies in XYZ country...

Charles Keledjian said,
Russian spies? What's this? When the cold war restarted?

Since the game "Arma II" game out. ;-)

You reckon that the monkey boy dance was actually the result of the russian spys tranq dart?

You will read the following in a russian voice:

Russian to Commander: "I've just hit the big man with two darts, yet somehow he runs around on stage like big mammal"

Hackersoft MS MVP said,
12th spy? I thought he was only the 11th?

10 in the USA one on the Run in Cyprus I think it was and now him makes 12

What information does the United States have that isn't already accessible through the Internet? Unless there are certain secrets that are withheld from the U.S. public. In that case, I demand the information be released to the public.

joemagoe said,
What information does the United States have that isn't already accessible through the Internet? Unless there are certain secrets that are withheld from the U.S. public. In that case, I demand the information be released to the public.

Good luck with that

Riggers said,

Good luck with that

Indeed. lol There is a LOT of stuff that we don't ever know about... Much of it not good I'm sure...

Didn't MS just release it's whole source code for Windows7, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Office 2010 to the Russian government?

This doesn't sound good though.

Orange Battery said,
And that my friends is why I always ask potential employees if they are spies before hiring them.

LOL REALLY?

Purify said,

LOL REALLY?

Our internship interview includes the question "have you ever been convicted of espionage or industrial spying" *lol*

neufuse said,

Our internship interview includes the question "have you ever been convicted of espionage or industrial spying" *lol*

HAHAHA! I like that too.