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Hewlett-Packard Either Doesn’t Know Or Won’t Tell The Details Of Its Creepy Spying

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We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again. Hewlett-Packard’s out-of-control investigation into leaks from its board of directors reads like something out of science fiction. The Corporation employing its own secret agents, tapping into the records and stealing the trash of directors and reporters.
Except that the future is now. As it turns out, corporate spooks are real and we’re just now learning how far they’ll go. In fact, there’s still a lot to learn, as this creepy story by WSJ reporter Pui-Wing Tam shows. The creepiest (and we’re sorry to keep repeating “creepy” but it seems exactly right) part of the story is that even Hewlett-Packard seems not to know what its agents did to Tam. Either that or they aren’t telling.
A couple of weeks ago we wondered aloud whether it really made sense to file criminal indictments against Hewlett-Packardites and their spies. We’ve got a gut reaction against criminalizing business executives. But in this case, it seems more and more evident that a criminal prosecution is the only way we’re going to get to the bottom of this thing. And find out how low that bottom really is.

A Reporter's Story: How H-P Kept Tabs On Me for a Year
[Wall Street Journal]
[On a slightly more upbeat note: we sometimes like to drop in obscure graphics on our posts, and this one is no exception. Bonus points for whoever leaves the first comment explaining where the picture is from and what it has to do with corporate spying.]