Microsoft, the company who sells user data to the FBI for a high price, has now admitted to new allegations. Earlier in the week, Microsoft admitted to spying and accessing a French bloggers Hotmail account to find the source of the Microsoft employee who leaked company trade secrets in 2012.
Microsoft claimed the private investigation was part of “Protecting our customers and the security and integrity of our products”. As mentioned in Microsoft’s terms of service, Microsoft claims they utilized the Electronic Communications Privacy Act to perform the investigation.
United States Authorities have arrested, Alex Kibkalo, an ex-Microsoft employee for begin the alleged leak. Statements read Kibkalo “uploaded proprietary software and pre-release software updates for Windows 8 RT as well as the Microsoft Activation Server Software Development Kit (SDK) to his personal SkyDrive account in August 2012.”
Kibkalo not only leaked screenshots in Windows 8, but helped crackers bypass Microsoft’s security measures to create a Keygen for Windows 8 activation.
More of Kibkalo’s conversation with the blogger can be read in his indicted statements. Kibkalo’s case has been very controversial in court, and Microsoft has been under a lot of heat. “Microsoft defended what it called the “exceptional” step of a ‘limited review’ of a blogger’s Hotmail account as part of a larger Windows espionage case, saying it had caught the blogger selling Microsoft’s intellectual property without permission.” Cnet reported.
In a statement, John E. Frank, a Microsoft vice president and deputy general counsel, said “The privacy of our customers is incredibly important to us, and while we believe our actions in this particular case were appropriate given the specific circumstances, we want to be clear about how we will handle similar situations going forward.”