Marketwatch columnist Herb Greenberg has written on his blog about how business journalists can prevent their phone records from being hacked into in the wake of the disclosure by Hewlett-Packard that it investigated its board members to find out who was leaking information to reporters.
Greenberg stated, “Here’s how I now protect myself so it will never happen again. First, I opened my online phone account , which the perpetrator — believed to be an investigator hired by a company that didn’t like my stories – was kind enough to originally do for me! (If you haven’t opened it, anybody can do so by acting dumb with online-account issues under the guise that they are you.) This crook who broke into my account even clicked the little box that said I didn’t want to pay bills by mail again. I guess he figured out of sight, out of mind. One source, who didn’t find out about that in time, actually had his phone shut off for nonpayment!
“I then created a password only I and my family know for use with my local and long-distance accounts. I did the same for my cell phone. It’s about as fool-proof as you can get as long as investigators aren’t paying off phone company insiders for records.”
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