Four days later, on September 7, 2012, the FBI says
The source indicated that the blogger contacted the source using
a Microsoft Hotmail e-mail address that TWCI had previously
connected to the blogger. After confirmation that the data was
Microsoft’s proprietary trade secret, on September 7, 2012
Microsoft’s Office of Legal Compliance (OLC) approved content
pulls of the blogger’s Hotmail account. [emphasis added]
Those email messages in turn led to instant messaging
conversations and links to files shared on SkyDrive. Every piece
of data was stored on Microsoft servers using an account allegedly
linked to Kibkalo.
Microsoft is taking a serious PR hit on the privacy implications of this. They’ve been telling us for years that they don’t read our email (unlike Google), but now it turns out they do, if they think we’re using it to leak Windows source code.
They nailed a guy who was flat-out stealing from them. I’m not even saying they were wrong to do it — I’m simply questioning whether it was worth it.