Former Microsoft Employee, Alex Kiblako, Pleads Guilty to Criminal Trade Secret Theft

The Associated Press is reporting that former Microsoft Corp. employee, Alex Kibkalo, has pleaded guilty to stealing trade secrets from Microsoft and leaking them to a blogger has pleaded guilty to a federal charge. Sentencing is scheduled for July 1. Mr. Kibkalo also reportedly agreed to pay $22,500 in restitution to Microsoft, a small amount compared to the actual harm Microsoft likely suffered.

Prosecutors had accused the Russian national and former seven-year Microsoft employee of stealing information related to pre-release software updates for Windows 8 and Microsoft’s “Activation Server Software Development Kit,” and giving that information to a tech blogger in France. The tech blogger then published reports regarding the software and Microsoft commenced its investigation to determine who had actually done the leaking.

This is yet another victory for the government in these increasing prosecutions for trade secret theft of American corporate secrets by foreign nationals.