September 28, 2006 2:05 PM PDT

Videos: HP under fire at subcommittee hearing

U.S. representatives have harsh words for Hewlett-Packard at Thursday's subcommittee hearing regarding the company's investigation of reporters and its own employees and board members.

During questioning, former Chairman Patricia Dunn attempts to distance herself from the details of HP's probe. Several others decline to testify, pleading their Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination.

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Hurd takes the hot seat

Grilled by Rep. Dianna DeGette, HP CEO Mark Hurd says Hewlett-Packard's behavior in the leak investigation was not OK.

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CNET reporter as target

Rep. Ed Whitefield (R-Ky.) asks one investigator if he was the man who got records of all phone calls made by CNET reporter Dawn Kawamoto.

Fred Adler, HP's information technology security investigator, testifies that tracing personal e-mail is done at HP and that he himself suggested the method be used on a CNET reporter.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) asks Dunn about phony e-mail sent to a CNET reporter. HP's investigators were trying to get the reporter to divulge her HP source by attaching an e-mail tracer to her computer.

Under questioning by Rep. Jan Schakowsky, former Chairman Patricia Dunn said most corporations have security departments that do "detective-type work."

Congressional hearing on pretexting opens with a "no comment" string from current and former HP employees.

In her testimony before a congressional subcommittee, Patricia Dunn clearly regretted the spying she unleashed on journalists, HP directors and employees.

During the hearing, Rep. Greg Walden outlines the problems he sees in HP spying on journalists and its own board members.

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Congressmen scold HP

Texas Republican Reps. Joe Barton and Michael Burgess lash out at HP's use of spying and deception to obtain phone records.

Democrat Diana DeGette of Colorado said pretexting and spying on private citizens is not corporate behavior that inspires public trust.

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please stop
Nobody wants to hear about HP's problems every five seconds, and
it's filling up the RSS feeds.
Posted by bremln (12 comments )
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Don't Stop
Not until Hurd steps down and there is serious legislation passed
to stop this type of corporate behavior.
Posted by georgiarat (254 comments )
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Get over it CNET !
CNET you think just because your reporter was involved that its a license to over blow this story. YOUR WRONG. Please report the news responsibly and with the proper amount of coverage. I know thats hard for you to do.
HP should be commended for the way they have come forth with the details. So get off it and move on!
Posted by TerabyteMIKE (4 comments )
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HP Should be Commended?
You must be joking! They only came forward when they had no
other choice. Think how long it has taken. Think about the first
board steps with Dunn and only when HP had to come forward to
testify did they force Dunn to resign. The top lawyer takes the fifth
probably so he does not have to cover for Hurd.

Commended, someones need to be committed.
Posted by georgiarat (254 comments )
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