Kibkalo was a seven-year Microsoft employee working as a software architect in Lebanon at the time of the alleged leaks. The court documents claim he was upset over a poor performance review and started spilling code and other trade secrets to the French blogger.
When the blogger allegedly took some of the code to a third party for verification, the third party contacted a former Microsoft executive. The unnamed third party was then interviewed by Microsoft's internal investigations team and revealed a Hotmail account used by the blogger. Hotmail is an e-mail service run by Microsoft, that has since been re-branded Outlook.
On Sept. 7, 2012, Microsoft's Office of Legal Compliance approved “content pulls” of the blogger's Hotmail account, according to the court documents. While searching through the e-mail account, Microsoft investigators say they found e-mails from Kibkalo to the blogger showing he had leaked unreleased code related to Windows 8.
While yes it is shocking that there are still those among us with a Hotmail email address, it isn't at all shocking that Microsoft sniffed through "a blogger's" email given Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, and even Apple, all have (non)privacy policies saying that they can do exactly that. Conventional wisdom would say if law enforcement needs a court order to do this, why doesn't company x, but that isn't the way it works, and you, me, and everybody else happily agreed to it when we signed up for free email.
Now that doesn't mean we can't delight in the irony of Microsoft's scroggled ads, in where we were meant to be bothered by algorithmically controlled and constructed spider bots sifting through content and keywords in our email in order to serve us more and better relevant ads, because surely that's so much worse than having actual people in Redmond doing “content pulls” from your Hotmail account right???