Three CNet.com reporters are filing suit against HP for invasion of privacy and violation of fair business practices. In the ll of 2006, Hewlett Packard hired a private investigator and charged some of its employees to hunt down the source of its boardroom media leak. The PI and employees engaged in pretexting which essentially is posing as someone else to obtain person’s obtain financial information. HP obtained, illegally, the phone records of several journalists. It also engaged in monitoring (also known as spying) on the three CNET reporters, as well as reporters from BusinessWeek, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Associated Press.
HP paid$14.5 million to the State of California to settle the civil charges the AG’s office leveled and with the SEC in May that required no monetary fine or admission of guilt.
Tom Perkins, a former HP board member, penned a book called Valley Boy which includes a chapter about the HP scandal.