A Lie is a Lie is a Lie


Patricia Dunn is getting the boot as Chairwoman of Hewlett-Packard’s Board. And then there’s the issue of criminal charges…
California AG may indict within a week in HP case

What’s this all about?

HP, the storied technology firm founded in 1939 by William Hewlett and David Packard, has been enveloped in a scandal ever since it disclosed last week that an outside investigator may have used illegal methods to spy on some directors and reporters as the company probed leaks of sensitive corporate information.

According to Dunn:

“Unfortunately, the investigation, which was conducted with third parties, included certain inappropriate techniques. These went beyond what we understood them to be, and I apologize that they were employed.”

What were those “inappropriate techniques?” The technical term, we are told, is “Pretexting.” As in, private investigators acquired the phone records of the directors and reporters targeted in the probe by calling up phone companies on the “pretext” that they (the P.I.’s) were those directors & reporters.

As Wired put it,

“Pretexting is a method whereby a third party calls a phone company and poses as a specific customer of the phone company in order to request records of the customer’s phone calls. Such records generally contain the phone numbers of people called, the date and time of the call and the duration of the conversation.”

“Pretexting,” huh? For anyone confused by this sophisticated jargon, let me explain: in layman’s terms, it’s called “lying.”

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