Posted by: kurtsh | August 31, 2005

NEWS: Man attempting to sell Windows NT/2000 source code caught

Quote for USA Today:

Conn. man sells Microsoft source code
NEW YORK (AP) — A Connecticut man known on the Internet as "illwill" pleaded guilty in Manhattan federal court on Monday to charges relating to the theft of the source code to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows operating software, considered among the company’s crown jewels.
William Genovese Jr., 28, of Meriden, Conn., pleaded guilty charges related to the unlawful sale and attempted sale of the source code for Microsoft’s Windows 2000 and Windows NT 4.0. The code had previously been obtained by other people and unlawfully distributed over the Internet, prosecutors said.

Genovese was arrested when an investigator for an online security company hired by Microsoft and an undercover FBI agent downloaded the stolen source code from his Web site after sending him electronic payments for it, Manhattan U.S. Attorney David Kelley said in a news release.

Genovese faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in the fall.


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