Alex Kibkalo pleads guilty to stealing Microsoft’s trade secrets

Alex Kibkalo pleads guilty to stealing Microsoft’s trade secretsAccording to The Seattle Times, former Microsoft senior architect Alex Kibkalo - who has been accused of stealing the company's trade secrets - appeared in the court earlier this week to enter a guilty plea.

Lebanon-based Kibkalo was arrested on March 19, 2014. He has been charged with stealing pre-launch information about Windows 8 RT and Microsoft's Activation Server Software Development Kit (SDK); and leaking that information to an unidentified French blogger.

According to the accusations, Kibkalo uploaded the in-question documents - including the Windows 8 RT software updates and the Activation Server SDK - to SkyDrive (now renamed OneDrive) in August 2012; and provided the blogger with links.

The leak of Microsoft's trade secrets by Kibkalo was discovered by the company by rummaging through the blogger's private Hotmail account.

Kibkalo - who faces a maximum of 10 years in prison for his crime - has now entered the guilty plea, reaching a deal with federal prosecutors that should see him do a minimal prison term. As per a copy of the plea agreement posted by The Seattle Times, prosecutors are recommending a three-month jail sentence for Kibkalo; and restitution of $22,500 to Microsoft.

The court has scheduled Kibkalo's sentencing hearing for 9 a. m. on July 1, 2014.