Microsoft employee gave secrets to blogger

A former Vole man is in trouble for leaking details of forthcoming Windows software to a French blogger.

Russian national Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France.

Kibkalo admitted to Microsoft security that he provided confidential company documents and information to the blogger. He was invited to clean out his desk.

So far, the blogger has not been named, but according to court documents, it was well known for posting screenshots of pre-release version of the Windows. The blogger hid his identity stating falsely that he was from Quebec, according to the documents.

Microsoft found unauthorised transmissions of proprietary and confidential trade secrets to the blogger. An email from Kibkalo was found within the blogger’s Hotmail account, establishing that he shared confidential data.

The blogger was not your average tech magazine. He posted the information on Twitter and his websites and selling Windows Server activation keys on eBay.

In July and August 2012, Kibkalo uploaded proprietary software including pre-release software updates of Windows 8 RT and ARM devices, as well as the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit (SDK) to a computer in Washington and subsequently to his personal Windows Live SkyDrive account.

Microsoft product teams use the SDK to customise their product code to ensure proper validation in the product key activation process.

It seems that Kibkalo, who worked with Microsoft for seven years, received a poor performance review in 2012. He threatened to resign if the review was not amended.

Kibkalo has since relocated to Russia and is working for another US -based technology company with offices in Moscow and St. Petersburg.