(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Former Microsoft employee, Alex Kibkalo, will spend three months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing trade secrets from Microsoft.
On March 19th, FBI agents arrested Kibkalo in Bellevue, Wash., for leaking information including software updates to Windows RT and Microsoft’s Activation Server Software Development Kit to a French blogger in July and August of 2012, reports ComputerWorld.
The Russian national reportedly revealed the information because he was angry with Microsoft for giving him a poor performance evaluation.
Kibkalo was given a three month sentence and ordered to pay the Redmond-based company $22,500 in restitution on March 31st, though the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington later changed the fine to $100.
“I deeply regret that I have shared that [confidential] information,” wrote Kibkalo in a letter to the judge. “Having done that I have lost a job, one can only dream about. Moreover, when I have found another interesting job a year after, the echo of my mistake took that from me, too. For sure I was given good lessons, which I deserved.”
Once his sentence is complete, Kibkalo will be deported back to Russia.