by Susanne Posel
March 24, 2014

from OccupyCorporatism Website






Microsoft admitted that they were reading emails of a targeted user because of allegations that this "blogger" might be in possession of a leaked version of Windows 8; as well as documentation that was proprietary.


Microsoft stated:

"As part of the investigation, we took the step of a limited review of this third party’s Microsoft operated accounts. While Microsoft’s terms of service make clear our permission for this type of review, this happens only in the most exceptional circumstances."

The unidentified target is purported to have received the Windows 8 leak via a Hotmail account.


Steven Sinofsky, former chief of operations at Windows altered the Microsoft Trustworthy Computing Investigations department (TWCI) which began the surveillance process and reading the target’s emails without foreknowledge.


Microsoft’s online services privacy statement allows for the corporation to,

"access or disclose information about you, including the content of your communications" in order to "protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers, including the enforcement of our agreements or policies governing your use of the Service."

The target, Alex Kibkalo, formerly was employed by Microsoft’s Lebanon satellite office where alleged,

"leaked snippets of code belonging to an unreleased operating system" were sent to the blogger "after receiving a bad performance report."

In 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Microsoft teamed up to thwart a network of cybercriminals called the Citadel.


The official codename of the mission, operation b54, was,

"part of a growing proactive effort by both the public and private sector to fight cybercrime, help protect people and businesses from online fraud and identity theft, and enhance cloud security for everyone."

Microsoft stated that Citadel was,

"our most aggressive botnet operation to date" and that this was the first time the FBI, inter-policing agencies and Microsoft had "worked together... to execute a civil seizure warrant as part of a botnet disruption operation."

Proud of their accomplishment, Microsoft heralded themselves as stopping Citadel and,

"more than a thousand botnets that are responsible for stealing people’s online banking information and personal identities."

This band of hackers had installed keystroke recording software to steal data from an estimated 5 million computers.


In as little as 18 months, Citadel is believed to have stolen $500 million from countries like,

  • the US

  • Europe

  • Hong Kong

  • India

  • Australia

Microsoft and the FBI coordinated with law enforcement agencies in 80 countries to protect technological and financial corporations.


Microsoft has joined forced with various internet service providers (ISPs) and Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Microsoft’s relationship with the federal government runs deep.


Microsoft Lync is communicative software that helps the Department of Defense (DoD) and other military branches use chat, multimedia conference or voice channels.


Microsoft System Center (MSC) is a collection of products that have,

"the ability to manage and monitor the full, heterogeneous spectrum of [the federal] agency’s software and hardware."

Grant funding from the DHS has been provided to Microsoft for,

"support technology training programs ranging from learning basic computer skills to using advanced business productivity applications."

Tom Richey, 2004 head of security efforts for Microsoft, explained that they have,

"had decades-long relationships with the agencies that currently now make up the Department of Homeland Security.


The goal of the relationship between DHS and Microsoft has been to assist in the development of technology to help detect, prevent, and deter terrorist activity in both small and large cities - linking everyone from the top intelligence official to the cop on the street - in a worldwide effort to stay one step ahead of those who threaten America."

Richey said:

"Microsoft Homeland Security has developed an actionable roadmap to align with the goals of the Department of Homeland Security - to build a National Response System over the next 10 years, which is an objective set by (former) Secretary Tom Ridge."