A former Hewlett-Packard executive accused by the company of stealing trade secrets is now saying that he was instructed by the company's management to spy on rival Dell.
Hewlett-Packard allegedly paid an ex-Dell exec to collect "competitive intelligence" about the activities of its rival in the printer business. Court documents provide a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into corporate skulduggery
This is then followed by a lawsuit from an HP ex-exec who was being pinned with all the charges, claiming that HP wanted him to obtain these secrets. The Exec Karl Kamb Jr provided emails that showed him conversing with the former Dell President in Japan and other HP executives.
The whole story really seems to be coming at a bad time for HP who just was hit with the Patricia Dunn spying scandal. I really do find irony in the fact that after taking advantage of Dell workers disclosing information they did not have programs to even prevent the emails from Kamb being locked down.
It will be interesting how HP gets out of its second corporate espionage headline in less than 6 months.