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Alleged Russian Spy Worked at Microsoft

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.

  • doron
    So that's why Windows 7 is that good!
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  • back_by_demand
    Hmm, but for twist of fate it could have been a Red Screen of Death
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  • AMDnoob
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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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