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 user 2008-02-18 at 2:42:00 pm Views: 38
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    HP settles spying case
    reaches settlement with New York Times and BusinessWeekHP has reached a
    settlement with The New York Times and three BusinessWeek reporters who
    had accused the company of spying.The settlement was not the result of
    a lawsuit and came after private negotiations between HP and
    BusinessWeek’s Ben Elgin, Peter Burrows and Roger Crockett, as well as
    New York Times reporter John Markoff. Financial terms were not

    HP had already paid the California Attorney General’s
    office $14.5m to settle its legal case over the spying charges.The
    scandal erupted in September 2006 after an internal HP investigation
    found evidence of misconduct by private investigators and company
    employees over attempts to identify the source of a boardroom leak.It
    was later revealed that the operation, dubbed Kona II, included lying
    to phone companies in order to obtain private phone records, and
    equipping email messages with spyware to report forwarding.

    Kona II investigators were also alleged to have discussed placing
    surveillance equipment and informants in two national newsrooms.”What
    HP did was an affront to the free press,” Terry Gross, the San
    Francisco lawyer representing the parties told The New York Times.”They
    did not like what reporters were writing, and they broke into their
    private telephone accounts to identify who their sources were.”HP said
    in a written statement that it is “happy to resolve the matter”. But
    the company still faces lawsuits filed by three CNET reporters and one
    of their family members, as well as a journalist working for Associated