Today's Leaked HP Memos: Now, CEO Hurd Implicated In Scandal

from the heard-the-news? dept

Another day, another shoe drops at HP. So far, most of the controversy has centered around Chairman Patricia Dunn and the company's legal team. For the first time, now, information is coming to light that CEO Mark Hurd may have had a direct role in the leak investigation. The Washington Post has obtained memos indicating that Hurd approved of at least some of the tactics involved, such as trailing suspected HP employees home, and planting false stories with reporters in an attempt to get them to reveal sources. These, of course, aren't the most serious aspects, so it's unclear when and what Hurd new about the identity fraud aspect of the investigation. But it's telling that for the first time since the scandal broke, shares of HP are trading sharply down. If it's just a board scandal, it doesn't affect the company's operations too much. But Hurd is widely seen as a savior at HP, turning the company around in his short time at the top. If the scandal grows and it becomes clear that Hurd was directly involved in the more grave actions, the company's legal mess will become a business one as well.

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    fritzthink, 21 Sep 2006 @ 8:22am

    The plot thickens.

    As the plot thickens with the HP conspiracy, I find myself wondering 'HP isn't exactly known for their innovation. Of all the companies, why did HP go so far to protect there secrets?' Any company would be concerned about leaks. It seems like a bit of over-kill on the part of Dunn and her cohorts, to contemplate infiltrating news rooms or trailing and planting. I can't think of the last time HP came out with a product that I found out about because of a rumor mill. Seems kind of big headed of the HP CEOs to think that there products were coveted.

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    Scott, 21 Sep 2006 @ 8:34am

    Big difference

    So far everything Hurd has done, has been acceptable to me. Until I hear he knew more about the actual unacceptable stuff, I'll keep him clear.

    But I have to ask, what the hell was this leak about? I hear about the steps they took, which short of a gov't defense contract all seem a bit insane. I can't see following an employee home(but I don't denounce it) over a new print cartridge design or new camera.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2006 @ 9:18am

    What is wrong with you people?

    How can you possibly think that lying to get phone records is any more an invasion of privacy than actually having someone SPY on them by trailing them home?

    Clearly the investors don't share that thought with you.

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      Scott, 21 Sep 2006 @ 10:47am

      Re: What is wrong with you people?

      People follow me all the time in public. See the difference, on the street I am in public, my phone records are in no way, shape or form public.

      Secondly lying to get records seems to imply that they don't have a right to them doesn't it? If I have to lie to get something, that means without the lie I have no right to it.

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    Anonymous Coward, 21 Sep 2006 @ 11:27am

    Leak not worth the scandal.

    The irony is that the leak was very general in terms of strategy, the same general strategy that most tech companies have. I thought Dunn was more upset that news they were meeting to talk strategy was leaked.

    So what!

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    Scott W, 21 Sep 2006 @ 6:15pm

    Re:Re:What is wrong with you people?

    "People follow me all the time in public"

    There IS a difference between people behind you going the same direction and people FOLLOWING you. You do understand that?

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      nonuser, 21 Sep 2006 @ 6:50pm

      Re: Re:Re:What is wrong with you people?

      Say you're a judge in a civil case, perhaps a divorce or dispute between business partners. One side presents some dirt on the other party and, during cross examination, they are forced to acknowledge how they got the information.

      A. "We hired private detectives who followed him around for a couple weeks."

      B. "We obtained his phone records by illegally pretending to be him."

      Response A shows they were playing hardball. Response B is not only not nice, it's plain illegal. There's a big difference.

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    Chuck Norris' Enemy (deceased), 22 Sep 2006 @ 7:21am

    Strategy

    I have an inside source on the Microsoft board of directors that told me their strategy is to make millions of dollars this next quarter. I just had to leak the strategy! Couldn't hold it in. Now their secret is out!

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