Today's Hard|Forum Post
Today's Hard|Forum Post

Friday March 21, 2014

Microsoft Strengthening Policies For Investigations

This whole issue reminds me of the South Park HUMANCENTiPAD episode. You deserve what you get if you don't read the terms of service. Especially if you are trying to pass off Microsoft trade secrets to a third party using Hotmail.

In this case, we took extraordinary actions based on the specific circumstances. We received information that indicated an employee was providing stolen intellectual property, including code relating to our activation process, to a third party who, in turn, had a history of trafficking for profit in this type of material. In order to protect our customers and the security and integrity of our products, we conducted an investigation over many months with law enforcement agencies in multiple countries. This included the issuance of a court order for the search of a home relating to evidence of the criminal acts involved. The investigation repeatedly identified clear evidence that the third party involved intended to sell Microsoft IP and had done so in the past.