Former Microsoft employee admits £3.8m software theft

On the day that Microsoft announced a major initiative to clamp down on black market and counterfeit software, a former Microsoft...

On the day that Microsoft announced a major initiative to clamp down on black market and counterfeit software, a former Microsoft employee pleaded guilty to illegally selling millions of pounds worth of Microsoft software for his own profit.

The 36-year-old former employee, described as an assistant at the Seattle company, was accused of stealing software worth a total £3.8m.

He has admitted ordering software through the company’s internal system after pretending that it was for corporate use.

The case is the latest in a series of similar prosecutions at the company, which had led to Microsoft trying to clamp down on internal theft at the end of 2003.

The latest employee to have been caught resigned from Microsoft early last year. Other employees who worked with him are expected to face theft charges at a later date.

Microsoft yesterday introduced an anti-piracy initiative that would make it more difficult for illegal users of its software in targeted countries to be able to get free updates and patches to their software.

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