Russian Spy Was A Microsoft Employee

Posted: Jul 14 2010, 2:28pm CDT | by , Updated: Aug 12 2010, 12:24am CDT, in News | Technology News


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The 12th Russian spy discovered in America had been working for nine months at Microsoft's corporate headquarters in Redmond, Washington, according to a report confirmed from Microsoft today.
Alexey Karetnikov, which, honestly, is like the most "Russian spy" name anyone could come up with, was a software tester at Microsoft, confirmed a spokesperson for Microsoft's Moscow office.

He's the latest one in a huge spy ring to which 10 Russians have already pleaded guilty. They admitted they infiltrated the US with secret identities and communicated to Russian officials covertly.

One of the spies, who called himself Donald Heathfield, tried to get an Austin, Texas-based risk management firm to install a special software program in their office. The company felt something was afoot and did not accept.

"We suspect that had this been done, our servers would be outputting to Moscow. We did not know at the time who he was. We have since reported the incident to the FBI," said the company's CEO George Friedman.

It is not yet known what the potential damage was of the Microsoft employee, if there was any at all.

Via Business Week

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