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In the fall of 2005, a laptop computer was stolen from HP board director George Keyworth's home in Italy, according to the documents. Several months later, Kevin Hunsaker, HP's former director of ethics and the man who at that point was tasked with spearheading the investigation, discussed in e-mails with DeLia and former HP security manager Anthony Gentilucci the need to track down the machine because it could contain confidential HP information.

Although Hunsaker realized the laptop was likely Keyworth's personal property, he wanted to know whether it was appropriate to search the computer for evidence that could aid in their leak investigation.

In an April 21, 2006, e-mail, Hunsaker supplied DeLia and Gentilucci with the serial number of the missing computer and in a follow-up e-mail wrote: "Now let's get those guys in Italy to find that laptop!!!!. It could be the case breaker of all case breakers."

On April 22, DeLia asked Hunsaker, "Is the laptop HP property? Did (George Keyworth) purchase or was the laptop provided to him by HP?"

Hunsaker responded: "I believe it belongs to GK, as each board member is given something like $2,000 a year to spend on HP products. So, while HP provided it directly to him, I do not believe it is tracked or considered to be an HP asset."

Hunsaker also wrote that "we will need to have someone open it up to determine whether any of the data on the computer was accessed and compromised so we can access whether HP-related data is now out in the public domain, so we'll need to determine who is best-suited to do that. And, as part of that search, we'll have to determine whether it's appropriate to see if there's anything relevant to the Kona II (the code name for the second HP leak hunt) investigation on the computer. So, we should probably have it returned to Fred in our Roseville office."

Though it's not clear whether the laptop was ever recovered, the cost of attempting to retrieve the computer was included in a breakdown of charges HP incurred as part of the Kona II investigation. A document labeled "Kona II billing detail December through April 2006" lists: "Laptop recovery activity in Italy (2 thefts-BoD members laptop) $9,668."

By August, enthusiasm for the leak hunt had been replaced by concern. DeLia wrote to Hunsaker in a Aug. 26, 2006, e-mail: "It appears AT&T has filed lawsuits against online data broker companies for the same reason (providing customer call records) they have been sued for!"

And by September, Gentilucci worried if he would lose his job.

"We are being hung out to dry," Gentilucci wrote to a co-worker in a Sept. 6 e-mail, the day after the leak probe became public. "The politics, smokes, mirrors are high. I have lost a lot of respect for a lot of people, amazing really. If I am still here next week, we can discuss over a beer in a week or two."

Two weeks later, Gentilucci resigned.

CNET News.com's Scott Ard, Jim Kerstetter and Anne Broache contributed to this article.

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They knew it was fraud....
They had too. Just like one of the congressmen asked Ms Dunn whether she would turn over her phone records to him on a whim ans she answered "yes", PURE BS.
And to top it off you don't just get the records, you work up to the records by getting all information that the phone companies are going to require when you are pretexting. So the bigger picture is that a lot of these people have much more information on the reporters and directors than they are saying, like drivers licenses, social security numbers, account numbers for other non-relevant utility accounts, credit card numbers, etc.

They are all guilty of fraud and identity theft.
Posted by fred dunn (793 comments )
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that puts browser key holes into perspective...
so I guess its not profitable to protect the masses.... darn, I better find a cheap place to retire!

what? invent?!... ha ha ha
Posted by freq (121 comments )
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Ignorance of the Law, or Just Plain Ignorant
Either way, prep a bed at The California Institution for Women in Corona.
Posted by Too Old For IT (351 comments )
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Ignorance is no excuse
That's what I was told when in didn't realize I broke the law, and I paid for it too. But then I am not rich or Female. 10 to 1 says she gets a slap on the wrist and community service.
Posted by GrandpaN1947 (187 comments )
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HPGate=incarceration
Of course, she's the ringleader of this HP-Gate fiasco.
Posted by marileev (292 comments )
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Dunn playing Dumb
I hate how Dunn's playing this selective memory/innocent act. The email trails are too vivid and clear pointing out her faults in aggressively pursing people at HP and reporters.

With a home, business and cell, and SS#'s that'll get you access to almost any piece of sensitive and private information. This went too far; there are better ways of staying competitive while keeping HPs values <a class="jive-link-external" href="http://www.iwantmyess.com/?p=109" target="_newWindow">http://www.iwantmyess.com/?p=109</a>
Posted by marileev (292 comments )
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Dunn lied to Congress -- that's Perjury!
*** "My understanding was these records were publicly available...I understood that you could call up and get phone records," Dunn told a congressional committee last week. ***

What a bald-faced lie. No, the Chairman of a major US corporation did not think you could just call up the phone company and say "Hey, please fax me this year's phone records for this complete strangerm, thanks!" What a scumbag. Among her other crimes she here perjured herself before Congress.
Posted by MikeDson (50 comments )
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If you don't know, its not a crime.
Using Dunn's logic, anyone could go out and commit any type of offense they pleased. All they would have to do is just tell the authorities they didn't KNOW their actions were illegal. And for that reason, could not be held accountable.
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