Microsoft in a rhubarb over privacy

|About: Microsoft Corporation (MSFT)|By:, SA News Editor

In its effort to track down the source of a leak about Win8 OS last year, Microsoft (MSFT) admits that it read the Hotmail inbox of a blogger who it suspected had received stolen lines of code from the as-yet-unreleased product.

The firm's action became known this week as part of a legal case between US prosecutors and Alex Kibalko, a former Lebanon-based Microsoft employee.

The company's actions, while legal, are a bit embarrassing considering its criticism of Google's practice of scanning users' emails for targeted advertising.