HP Identity Theft Costs Chairman's Job
The Chairman of the Board for Hewlett Packard resigned,
after ordering an investigation of fellow board members
which resulted in their identity theft as well as a select
group of reporters.
What was she ever thinking?
Un-checked power in the board room evidently over ruled any
sense of common sense and adherence to commonly understood
laws governing identity theft.
By engaging private investigators to impersonate board
members by contacting their phone service providers
to gain access to calling records, an illegal practice
known as "pretexting", the line was clearly crossed.
The line, between legal and illegal methods of investigation, was
sanctioned not by a common street criminal, but rather a person
in charge of the management oversight of a major
She had to know it would be illegal.
Identity theft using pretexting is illegal, but had the HP's
Chairman bothered to do any research at all over the internet
(HP is a computer and technology company), she would have known
Verizon, AT&T and other telecommunications firms have been very
publicly taking data brokers to court over this very same tactic
So, our tip for today is you might think twice about using HP
products - especially any of their computers. One may never
know if there isn't some secret chip lurking within the depths
of the machine silently recording all of your most personal