FBI Nabs Man in Sting Operation for Selling Windows Source Code

August 31, 2005
August 31, 2005 - (HOSTSEARCH.COM) - William Genovese Jr. aka "IllWill" of Meriden, Conn., has pleaded guilty to selling Windows NT and Windows 2000 source code from his website.

A private security firm hired by Microsoft and the FBI worked in tandem on a sting operation to nab the source code seller. After making electronic payments to IllWill and then downloading the source code he was arrested and is now facing up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Microsoft claims the source code was not stolen from their servers but more likely that it was stolen from one of several companies whom Microsoft had released the code to on promise that they would not make it publicly available.

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