Surprise: More Spying Details Emerge, And They Make HP Look Worse

from the who-needs-ethics? dept

Another day, and more details about HP's efforts to spy on a number of people are out, and they make the company look even worse. The New York Times weighs in, saying that the spying was more elaborate than previously reported, and that investigators working on behalf of the company weren't content with obtaining the phone records of one reporter, but may have also followed her. They also unsuccessfully tried to plant a trojan on her computer that would have allowed them to track some of her email activity. Meanwhile, the Wall Street Journal has reported that the company's spying may have continued even after the leak on the board was discovered and reported to execs -- which could signal that company leaders were aware of the methods being used earlier than previously thought. While HP execs have danced around whether or not they knew illegal and unethical methods like pretexting were being used, it's getting awfully hard to believe that they had no idea what investigators working on their behalf were doing, as they've maintained. It's hardly surprising that as more details emerge, things look worse and worse for HP and its leadership -- all we're really waiting on now is to see who brings down criminal charges, and who gets indicted, first.
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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 18 Sep 2006 @ 10:17am

    Re: Don't waste time in court...

    Why would you think that?

    It hasn't worked for any high profile cases in recent memory, so why would you expect it to work here?

    Plausible deniability alwyays fails of late when it is found by the courts that they were RESPONSIBLE for knowing. It turns out that ignorance IS a crime, even for board members.

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