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Ex-Microsoft employee charged with leaking trade secrets to blogger

Published on Mar 20, 2014 1:45 PM

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A former employee of Microsoft Corp is facing criminal charges after he allegedly passed trade secrets to a blogger in France, United States court documents showed.

Russian national Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee in Lebanon and Russia, admitted to Microsoft investigators that he provided confidential company documents and information to the blogger, documents from a Seattle federal court showed.

The blogger, who was not identified, was known to those in the Microsoft blogging community for posting screenshots of pre-release version of the Windows Operating System. The blogger hid his identity stating falsely that he was from Quebec, according to the documents.

An internal investigation by Microsoft revealed unauthorized transmissions of proprietary and confidential trade secrets, according to the court documents. An e-mail from Kibkalo was found within the blogger's Hotmail account, establishing that he shared confidential data.

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