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April 1, 2014 at 9:19 AM

Man accused of stealing Microsoft trade secrets pleads guilty

Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee accused of stealing that company’s trade secrets, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle.

Kibkalo and federal prosecutors reached an agreement in which prosecutors are recommending a 3-month prison sentence for Kibkalo, as well as a payment of $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft, according to his plea agreement.

Sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on July 1.

Kibkalo, a Russian national and former Microsoft software architect who worked for the company in Lebanon, was arrested last month and charged with stealing trade secrets related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft’s “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” and giving that information to an unidentified tech blogger in France.

 

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