Friday, January 30, 2009

Microsoft sues CEO of Ancora for spying

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Deception charged in patent dispute
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Microsoft Corp. is suing a former employee, claiming that he applied for a job at the company under false pretenses and then used his role at Microsoft to gain access to confidential data related to patent litigation he is now waging.

Miki Mullor was hired by Microsoft in November 2005, after stating in his job application he was a former employee at Ancora Technologies, a Sammamish software development company that he said had gone out of business.

But, according to Microsoft, Ancora had not gone out of business and Mullor was still chief executive.

While at Microsoft, Mullor downloaded confidential documents to his company-issued laptop, according to the complaint, which was filed Jan. 22 in King County Superior Court.

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