Videos: HP under fire at subcommittee hearing

U.S. representatives bring the heat, while several people involved in HP scandal plead the Fifth.

CNET News staff
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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 News.com 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 News.com reporter.

Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) asks Dunn about phony e-mail sent to a CNET News.com 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.