I told you traffic analysis was useful

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One of the justifications of the NSA's phone database program was that traffic analysis wasn't much of an invasion of privacy. The HP pretexting debacle shows just how bogus that is. By simple phone records analysis it was possible to determine which HP board member was leaking records to the press. And thanks to a somewhat confusing legal climate and weak access controls, the phone records are trivial to get.

That said, it's sort of surprising that the leaking board member (George Keyworth) didn't take more precautions to protect himself. It's not like it's difficult to get anonymous cell phones and e-mail accounts. Next time I leak corporate secrets I'll be sure to use one.