Three Months In Prison for Ex-Microsoft Employee

Alex Kibkalo was arrested for stealing trade secrets from Microsoft and will now be spending the next three months in prison for his crimes. This story has already seen its fair share of debate, especially when you find out how the crime was discovered.

Microsoft accessed, somewhat illegally (although that much is up for debate its self), the Hotmail account of a French blogger who had been posting leaked images of Windows 8. In their email probe, Microsoft used the information they gathered to track down the identity of the leaker within their company, a former employee named Alex Kibkalo, who was then promptly arrested for stealing trade secrets.

Alex pleaded guilty to the charges and will no face three months in prison for his crime. The issue is not what he did, but what Microsoft did to find him. Just how many email accounts have they been sifting through at their leisure to find the things they need? The company has vowed to follow stricter policies in future investigations, but they remain firm that they did the right thing this time around, although I can’t say I feel the same way.

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