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Saturday, September 23, 2006

HP regrets involvement with Needham firm

NEEDHAM

Computer maker Hewlett Packard Co. said yesterday that a Needham private investigator gave assurances that its methods were legal, then apparently used ``pretexting," or lying, to obtain phone and fax records of 18 company board members, employees, and journalists.

The Globe business section reports today that Hewlett-Packard has come to regret its involvement with the Needham firm, Security Outsourcing Solutions, and HP chief executive Mark Hurd yesterday offered apologies to those who were targeted.

The Needham company is at the center of a huge scandal over corporate spying at HP.

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