On Tuesday, the Federal District Court in Seattle sentenced former
Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo with stealing and then leaking company secrets. He was charged to 3 months in prison, according to the court documents.
Kibkalo was arrested on March 19 and will remain in detention until June 19th. The court decision could be appealed in 14 days. Kibkalo pleaded guilty to data theft charges and signed a plea bargain. Kibkalo worked for Microsoft in Lebanon where he was feeding confidential information to a French blogger.
According to a Microsoft investigation, Kibkalo uploaded software for the new Windows 8 RT, ARM devices, and Microsoft Activation Server SDK into a cloud system called Windows Live SkyDrive.
After that, he gave the links to the uploaded files to the French blogger. The French blogger’s identity has not been disclosed yet. The blogger uploaded the information from Kibkalo to his Twitter account and sold Windows Server activation keys on eBay.
Kibkalo worked at Microsoft from 2005 to 2012. In 2012, he received negative results during an employee evaluation and he threatened the company that he would leave unless the results were changed. Now Kibkalo is working for American software company 5nine, which also has an office in Russia.