Calif. Will Probe Hewlett Packard's Anti-Leak Efforts The controversy over Hewlett Packard's efforts to root out the source of a media leak has intensified. The California Attorney General's office is investigating how contractors for the company accessed the phone records of employees and journalists.
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Calif. Will Probe Hewlett Packard's Anti-Leak Efforts

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Calif. Will Probe Hewlett Packard's Anti-Leak Efforts

Calif. Will Probe Hewlett Packard's Anti-Leak Efforts

Calif. Will Probe Hewlett Packard's Anti-Leak Efforts

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The controversy over the Hewlett-Packard Company's efforts to root out the source of a media leak has intensified. The California Attorney General's office is investigating how contractors for the company accessed personal phone records by disguising their identities.

In addition to obtaining board members' records, the contractors also reviewed the phone records of journalists who were covering Hewlett-Packard.

Earlier this week, Hewlett-Packard acknowledged that investigators hired by the company used a practice known as "pre-texting" — or operating under a pretext — to get access to the phone records.

The company's board of directors will hold a emergency meeting this weekend to discuss the current crisis at the company. Hewlett-Packard's chairman, Patricia Dunn, says she was appalled to learn of the contractors' actions.

Michele Norris talks with one of the reporters whose information was compromised: John Markoff of The New York Times.