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Microsoft faces corruption probe in Hungary

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) stated its efforts to broaden its reach into emerging markets a couple of years ago. However, some of these deals seem to have landed the company in a sticky situation. The latest legal quagmire is currently unfolding in Hungary where the tech giant is facing an investigation on corruption charges associated with the sale of its software to government agencies.

Microsoft corruption probe in Hungary
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The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into allegations that the company’s software was sold to organizations in Hungary at discounted prices, who then went on to sell them to government agencies at the full price.

The US authorities are investigating the possibility of government officials accepting bribes for these deals.

Microsoft is said to be cooperating with the investigation. The company is reported to have fired four employees in connection with the investigation and ended ties with four business partners in Hungary for policy violations.

There have been similar investigations into Microsoft’s business partnerships in countries such as Russia, China and Pakistan over any alleged payment of bribes or other favors.

Microsoft was in the news earlier this week when it disclosed that it prevented cyberattacks by Russian hackers aimed at Senate members. The stock is up 26% so far this year.

Related: Microsoft crackdown uncovers more Russian cyber-attacks

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