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Alleged Russian Spy Worked at Microsoft

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 36 comments

Supposed spy work at Microsoft as a tester.

In what feels like a throwback to the Cold War, the U.S. federal authorities have captured and deported the 12th person in the continuing saga of the Russian spy ring.

According to the Washington Post, Alexey Karetnikov entered the United States in October and was living in the Seattle area, where he found a job with Redmond.

That's right, a man believed to be a Russian spy was employed at Microsoft – but only as a software tester. Microsoft confirmed that the man was working at Microsoft for about nine months. The company also confirmed that Karetnikov was deported last Tuesday.

Authorities did not have enough evidence to charge Karetnikov with a crime, but was able to deport him on grounds of immigration violations.

"He was just in the early stages; had just set up shop," said one senior federal law enforcement official, who added that the Russian had "obtained absolutely no information."

IDG news did some digging and came up with the Facebook page for Alexey V. Karetnikov, who said he graduated last year from St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University was formerly a senior developer at a company called Neobit.

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    back_by_demand , July 19, 2010 1:20 PM
    Hmm, but for twist of fate it could have been a Red Screen of Death
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    doron , July 19, 2010 1:16 PM
    So that's why Windows 7 is that good!
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  • 18 Hide
    doron , July 19, 2010 1:16 PM
    So that's why Windows 7 is that good!
  • 21 Hide
    back_by_demand , July 19, 2010 1:20 PM
    Hmm, but for twist of fate it could have been a Red Screen of Death
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    AMDnoob , July 19, 2010 1:23 PM
    Sooooo... What was supposed to come out of testing Microsoft products that was apparently more valuable than the resources spent on getting the spy over here to the U.S. and integrating him into our society (I can't imagine that's very cheap)?
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    victomofreality , July 19, 2010 1:32 PM
    AMDnoobSooooo... What was supposed to come out of testing Microsoft products that was apparently more valuable than the resources spent on getting the spy over here to the U.S. and integrating him into our society (I can't imagine that's very cheap)?


    If it warranted Russia sending a spy they won't tell us what they think it was after :p 
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    Regulas , July 19, 2010 1:44 PM
    What do you expect, MS and The FEDS co-authored Vista and 7. The FEDS use MS for many agencies and like to keep their secret back doors, secret.
    When the FEDS want to go really secret (read it before) the use a custom Linux or Unix and a closed ring sometimes too.
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    back_by_demand , July 19, 2010 1:52 PM
    Not related, but what the F**K is wrong with all the spam on Tom's?

    I have just been hit with about 20 emails for replys to subjects I have posted on and they are all spam crap.

    It's just not funny anymore.
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    Reynod , July 19, 2010 2:03 PM
    We are iceing Spammers as they are reported BBD ...

    I think the Russian Spy must have worked heavily on Vista perhaps?
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    reddragon72 , July 19, 2010 2:09 PM
    Who the fruck cares about this spy crap. Most info is stolen over the net anyways. Plus why now is the US and Russia going at it again?!?!?! Do we not waste enough money on other crap already or is this Obama's "I wanna play too game"...... The governments of the world are going to whine up killing everyone on the planet with their little parlor games. And notice the 2012 doesn't say how the world will end, but nuclear war is not out of the question.... mark my words the governments all over the world will kill us all and it starts with stupid crap like this!!!
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    wotan31 , July 19, 2010 2:19 PM
    reddragon72Plus why now is the US and Russia going at it again?!?!?!

    If you think this is something new, you're sadly misinformed. The Cold War era spying never stopped. Spying is the world's 2nd oldest profession...
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    back_by_demand , July 19, 2010 2:23 PM
    wotan31If you think this is something new, you're sadly misinformed. The Cold War era spying never stopped. Spying is the world's 2nd oldest profession...

    Some would say the 2nd and the 1st are the same thing
    Screwing each other over?
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    sandmanwn , July 19, 2010 2:42 PM
    Our government is doing a bang up job deporting these people and getting little in return. Makes one wonder why they are so proficient at deporting Russians and not other unmentionables? Why aren't organizations voting on condemning the racist government in these cases?

    What a messed up place we live in. Get back to reversing this crap in Nov.
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    maddad , July 19, 2010 2:43 PM
    "Who the about this spy crap."
    Well you, for one need to care. Industrial espionage costs us jobs, which costs the country money and the country's money is your money and the job might be your job!!!
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    rohitbaran , July 19, 2010 2:59 PM
    So, Russians want the windows code! Hey, it ain't that secure. Use Linux! :p 
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    zoemayne , July 19, 2010 4:02 PM
    china probably already has a spy over there they can hack windows so easily. and there are many mid eastern people over there i wouldnt be surprised if theres a mid eastern spy there.
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    lordcrazex , July 19, 2010 4:03 PM
    just bcz he's a russian in US grounds, he's eligible of being accused as a spy... does the same thing work the other way around?
    come on people...sigh~
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    reddragon72 , July 19, 2010 4:07 PM
    wotan31If you think this is something new, you're sadly misinformed. The Cold War era spying never stopped. Spying is the world's 2nd oldest profession...


    I do agree that it is the second oldest profession and never stopped. My point was very clear as to why this is becoming and issue in the lime light now? Why all of a sudden are we reading news all over the place about spies??? Tell me if you go back for the last 15-20 years of news how many spy reports have been made by the news? Not many, but all of a sudden it is making headline news.... why?
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    babybeluga , July 19, 2010 4:08 PM
    back_by_demandHmm, but for twist of fate it could have been a Red Screen of Death


    That joke makes me sickle...
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    babybeluga , July 19, 2010 4:09 PM
    doronSo that's why Windows 7 is that good!


    czar you kidding?!?!?!?
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    babybeluga , July 19, 2010 4:11 PM
    regulasWhat do you expect, MS and The FEDS co-authored Vista and 7. The FEDS use MS for many agencies and like to keep their secret back doors, secret.When the FEDS want to go really secret (read it before) the use a custom Linux or Unix and a closed ring sometimes too.


    You have to be some kind of politico forum bot. Seriously, go troll on Fox news's forums because rational people just think you're a raving lunatic.
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    babybeluga , July 19, 2010 4:12 PM
    wotan31If you think this is something new, you're sadly misinformed. The Cold War era spying never stopped. Spying is the world's 2nd oldest profession...


    Prostitution being the first...?
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