Oh, How The Mighty Have Fallen: Scandals That Rocked The IT World

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Patricia Dunn, Former Non-Executive Chairman, HP

Hurd has no monopoly over scandals at HP.

A year-and-a-half after Hurd was hired in the wake of HP's firing of CEO Carly Fiorina in early 2005, HP had to deal with news that it used illegal methods to investigate who on its Board of Directors was leaking news about the company to the press.

HP admitted it subcontracted a firm that used pretexting, the practice of misrepresenting oneself to obtain private records of board members, to fraudulently gain access to records of personal calls made to and from board members' homes and personal cell phones, as well as information from several journalists.

Patricia Dunn, a board member at the time who served as the non-executive chairman of HP while the company looked for a replacement for Fiorina, was implicated in the pretexting scandal and resigned from HP Sept. 22, 2006, weeks before she was was charged by then-California Attorney General Bill Lockyer.

However, while she accepted responsibility for the investigation of the leaks, she denied knowing about the specific methods. She was eventually cleared of the charges.


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