Former Microsoft Programmer Arrested For Leaking Windows 8 Code

Surprising as it may sound, but when it comes to software, and well computing in general, code security is the biggest factor of developers and companies. After all, source code is everything.

And while large enterprises have elaborate measures and checks in place for this, incidents do happen.

Microsoft is in the news for one here, as a former software architect that worked with the software titan for seven years was arrested today in Seattle by the FBI — the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is accused of leaking code from Windows 8 prior to the launch of the OS, among other things.

Alex Kibkalo has been charged with theft of trade secrets.

The FBI claims that he leaked Windows 8 code to an unnamed French technology blogger back in the middle of 2012. He is also accused of leaking Redmond’s Activation Server Software Development Kit, which helps prevent unauthorized copies of Microsoft software, to the same blogger.

Internal Microsoft investigators found out about the leak, and when they inquired Kibkalo about the leaks, he admitted to doing so.

But Windows 8 is not the only operating system he leaked code for. Along with this, the former employee is also accused of leaking code from Windows 7 prior to its launch. And he so, in spy style.

He is reported to have told the unnamed blogger that he snuck inside a building at Microsoft’s campus in Redmond, Washington and personally copied the files.

Will you look at that!

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  • Jake

    Sounds like a really great guy! NOT. I wonder how much he was paid by the blogger for the code or if he just did it out of spite.

  • Ted Smith

    Was he still working for Microsoft when he released the codes or was he already a former employee? If he was let go, there’s a good chance he did it just because he hated Microsoft for giving him the boot.

    • Emily W

      I think there’s still a lot we will find out in the near future, but I think the majority will feel as though this is an angry employee who wanted to cause his former company harm and maybe make some money off of him. But as we recently learned that he used a microsoft email to send the information, he’s clearly not the brightest guy either.

  • Bill Franklin

    Is there any evidence on what the french blogger used to code for? I wonder how damaging it truly was to microsoft.