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Kona 1 and Kona 2: A Code Name for Everything

And you were having trouble keeping up with Microsoft product code names. Well, it turns out that secret (and possibly illegal) investigations of the source of leaks from board members to reporters are also subject to code names.

The Washington Post this morning reports that HP's investigation running from March 2005 to the summer of 2005 was called Kona 1. A second investigation, from January to May of this year, was called Kona 2. Congress will be looking into all these Konas Sept. 28.

Meanwhile, there was much more to these investigations than "pretexting," or posing as someone else in order to obtain that person's phone records from a phone company. The investigations included physical surveillance, photographs, an effort to install a keylogger on a reporter's computer and an attempt to recover a laptop that had been stolen from board member/confirmed leaker George Keyworth. Presumably, investigators weren't looking for the laptop so they could give it back to George.

Posted by Scott Bekker on September 20, 2006 at 11:57 AM


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