The seven-year company veteran apparently was angry over a poor performance review.
Software architect Alex Kibkalo used Microsoft’s Hotmail consumer webmail to communicate with a technology blogger and share the trade secrets.
In addition to releasing Windows 8 code ahead of the product’s release, he stands accused of exposing Microsoft’s “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” a propriety system used to prevent the unauthorized copying of Microsoft programs.
“He is said to have admitted to passing the information to the blogger – unidentified in charging papers – after a meeting in an online forum,” Seattle P-I reports.
A Microsoft manager said the kit “could help a hacker trying to reverse engineer the code” used to protect against software piracy, according to charging papers.
The blogger sent the stolen kit code to a Microsoft employee for verification. The worker went to a Microsoft executive instead.
The idea, or Kibkalo’s idea, was for the blogger to share the kit online so others could pirate Microsoft products.