Pretexting and Washington

HP executives will be testifying in Washington over the pretexting debacle. Now there is more recent news: The House Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters Friday requesting that HP Chairwoman Patricia Dunn and General Counsel Ann Baskins appear at a Sept. 28 subcommittee hearing.

But pretexting has been around for ages. Why now? Why the investigation? It seems fairly obvious what happened. Dunn even stepped down from HP because she said she was responsible for the incident.

I just hope this isnt a waste of tax dollars. Instead of focusing on Dunn and HP in my view it makes more sense to make pretexting a much greater crime. It also makes sense to make companies responsible for leaking customer information. If the pressure is on the corporation to protect data more carefully, I suspect pretexting will become much more difficult to pull off.

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