Hewlett-Packard Pays California To Settle Pretexting Suit
HP will monitor its investigation practices; CEO Hurd hopes to re-establish company's integrity
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay $14.5 million to settle a civil suit brought by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer over allegations that former HP execs used "pretexting"--obtaining phone records through false pretenses--to stop leaks to the press by members of its board. The suit charged HP with violating California's identity theft statute by obtaining personal information and using it unlawfully.
HP's lost its way: Hurd hopes to recapture the company's reputation for integrity
Photo by Nelson Ching/Bloomberg News
"Fortunately, Hewlett-Packard is not Enron," Lockyer said in a statement, citing the company's cooperation in reaching a settlement. HP CEO Mark Hurd said he is committed to ensuring that "HP regains its standing as a global leader in corporate ethics and responsibility."
HP will pay $650,000 in civil penalties and $350,000 to cover the attorney general's investigation; $13.5 million will go to creating a California state "Privacy and Piracy Fund," through which Lockyer's office will receive up to $500,000 a year, and local prosecutors will divvy up the same amount, to investigate privacy and intellectual property rights violations.
HP agreed to self-monitor its investigative practices for five years and to enforce privacy rules.
Former HP board chairwoman Patricia Dunn, former counsel Kevin Hunsaker, and three contractors still face felony charges related to the criminal investigation. All have pleaded not guilty.
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security EnterpriseTo learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Infographic: The State of DevOps in 2017Is DevOps helping organizations reduce costs and time-to-market for software releases? What's getting in the way of DevOps adoption? Find out in this InformationWeek and Interop ITX infographic on the state of DevOps in 2017.
IT Strategies to Conquer the CloudChances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.