Has Microsoft Started Cracking Down On Software Leaks?

Has Microsoft Started Cracking Down On Software Leaks?

Time for some news that should have no trouble finding a place on tabloid pages. The new management over at Redmond seems to be keen on taking care of leaks. Software leaks, that is.

News came out yesterday that Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee, was arrested on charges of leaking code from Windows 8 prior to its launch in October 2012. There was talk that he sent the code and information about the operating system to an unnamed French blogger.

Many were left speculating who that blogger could be, and it seems that it could be a person known only by the name “Canouna”.

He or she is said to be behind the popular website WinUnleaked — which was actually taken down in January 2013 and its URL briefly redirected to Microsoft.com.

No confirmation yet that Canouna was in fact the person that Kibkalo contacted.

Speaking of the man, his LinkedIn page revealed his photo, along with information that he was hired by a company called 5nine Software that sells virtualization management software based on the Microsoft Hyper-V technology.

But what’s even more interesting in all this is the fact that WZor has been missing in action.

His website has been shut down, and his twitter account is also no longer active. While it could simply be the case that the famed leaker went undercover due to the recent developments, it could also be that Microsoft has started a crackdown on these prerelease leak of its software products.

The plot remains thick, very thick.

  • Ted Smith

    Info on this will start leaking soon enough. Is there any news on why he left/was fired by microsoft?

    • Jake

      My guess is it didn’t end well or he wouldn’t have leaked their code. Sounds like bitterness.

      • Ray C

        Well, looks like he got what was coming to him. But I can’t exactly say I don’t appreciate getting Update 1 a little early when it comes to other leakers. Of course information leaking is the name of the game. There isn’t a company or politician today who plans to drop some news, where at least a little of what is about to happen doesn’t come out.

        • Bill Franklin

          What kind of jail time is this guy looking at? This is a crime that usually results in prison, correct? At least that’s what I saw on House of Cards. haha

          • Jason Claven

            Depending on what they can prove, I have to imagine this guy is going to be doing at least some jail time. Based on this article, though, it doesn’t look for him.

  • Sally Black

    This is fascinating. The more info that comes out on this, the crazier it’s going to get. That’s the feeling I get at least. This guy’s in deep.

  • WillyThePooh

    Another version of NSA chasing after Snowden.