A Microsoft worker arrested earlier this years for leaking Windows 8 code has been jailed for three months and fined $100.
Alex Kibkalo was arrested by FBI agents in March and accused of stealing trade secrets while he worked as a software architect at the company in Lebanon.
The Feds said he leaked Windows 8 program files that had at the time not been released, as well as Windows 7 program files, to a blogger based in France, who subsequently posted screenshots of the files online. Kibalko was sentenced yesterday.
In a statement, Microsoft said: "We take protection of our intellectual property very seriously, including co-operating with law enforcement agencies who are investigating potential criminal actions by our employees or others."
The investigation was notable because it involved Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing division searching through the contents of the French blogger's Hotmail accounts.
This led to an outcry that Microsoft was able to trawl the email accounts of its users. Initially it defended this capability but later changed it stance and promise it would not do so again without the necessary legal papers.
Kibalko, a Russian national, will be released next week, having already spent almost three months in custody. A copy of the judgment has been posted online.
When Kibkalo was charged it was reported that he had an uneasy relationship with his employer, where he had worked for seven years.
The FBI arrested him after a tip-off from Microsoft. In a charging statement, FBI agent Armando Ramirez III said that Microsoft had challenged Kibkalo and he admitted to taking the proprietary information.
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