A few months back, Alex Kibkalo was arrested for leaking trade secrets and trying to profit from his nefarious ways.
Kibkalo pleaded guilty to the charges as Microsoft had accessed his email account and had all the evidence it needed that he was sending information to a French blogger. While Microsoft has always tried to stop leaks of images and other product details, it was the leak of its Activation Server Software Development Kit that pushed Microsoft to pursue this leak through any available means. The fear was that a keygen would be created with the software that could do serious harm to Microsoft’s bottom line.
The three month prison sentence will include time already served which means he will be released June 19th. The arrest of Kibkalo had a large impact on the leak community; one popular site, Wzor, closed quickly after his arrest. Wzor does still release leaked information but its credibility has been questioned.
For Alex, the sentence is likely a relief as the charges for stealing trade secrets could have been much worse, but since he appears to have cooperated with authorities, they requested a lighter sentence.
Even so, Kibkalo will likely have a hard time finding a job in the corporate world with this hanging over his head. A search of Google for his name brings up stories about the theft of secrets and few employers will want to take the risk and hire Kibkalo because of his past.
The big question for Microsoft enthusiasts is if this will stop the leak of Windows builds. Considering that information is still surfacing about Windows 9 and quite a few build leaks came from China, we suspect that this will certainly slow some of the leaks - but not all of the holes have been plugged.