Remember that time Microsoft rifled through someone's Hotmail account and then claimed it was totally OK? The incident -- and Microsoft's response -- was disturbing enough that it was easy to forget why the company accessed someone's account in the first place. The reason: That inbox belonged to a French blogger who had posted Windows 8 screenshots. As a result of that email probe, Microsoft was able to identify the leaker he had been corresponding with, a former employee named Alex Kibkalo who was then arrested for stealing trade secrets. Kibkalo plead guilty and now, three months later, he's been sentenced: he will spend three months in prison (full ruling embedded below) Since the incident, Microsoft has vowed to follow stricter policies during investigations, though it stands by its actions in this particular case.

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Ex-Microsoft employee who leaked company secrets sentenced to three months in prison