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Windows leaker Wzor resurfaces

Woody Leonhard | June 23, 2014
The Russian group/individual known as Wzor has reappeared after a two-month blackout

Immediately following the arrest of former Microsoft employee Alex Kibkalo, who was convicted of leaking Microsoft proprietary software, famed Windows leaker Wzor ducked out of sight. Although it was clear at the time that Wzor wasn't involved in the Kibkalo mess, discretion was the better part of valor, and Wzor turned off his/her/their website, stopped tweeting, and (according to Wzor) stopped working with contacts inside Microsoft. The leaker briefly re-appeared in April, but has stayed silent while the Kibkalo escapade unfolded.

Now Wzor is back, claiming on a Russian-language site that he fell silent because he didn't want to post anything that could be used against Kibkalo -- never mind the fact that Wzor never did anything with Kibkalo. Wzor now states (through a shaky Russian translation), "Personally, I do not know him, and I do not think he ever wants to meet me, especially in light of events happened to him."

With Kibkalo out of prison and back in Russia, Wzor is promising to re-institute his blog and resume his tweeting.

(If you're curious about the events surrounding Kibkalo's arrest and conviction, there's a fascinating, detailed, and decidedly NSFW description on the bav0 blog. Bav0's conclusion, directed at the Wzors of the world: "You can keep leaking builds, Microsoft doesn't give a" hang. Your conclusion may vary.)

Wzor's post mentions the activities of several people -- adding credence to the idea that Wzor is a group, of some sort, not an individual. The post goes on to taunt the powers-that-be, listing many locations that some have claimed to be his home base -- Estonia, Finland, Latvia, France, Baltic States, Scandinavia, Bulgaria, Russia, "and maybe in the US." The post claims that the "fate and forms of work" of "the project Wzor.net" will be settled by this fall -- but it also says that "Publications tweet and blog will soon resume."

Go figure.

Whatever his nationality, or his motivations, Wzor has long filled an important gap in Microsoft's communication with its customers. He's kept an entire industry of speculators propped up and entertained -- and frequently enlightened. May the information flow again.

As I've said before, Microsoft should put Wzor on the payroll, if it hasn't already.

Source: InfoWorld

 

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