No. Wiretapping is illegal under federal wiretap laws (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiretapping). However, I don't believe that wiretapping is an issue in this case.Originally Posted by trolleygirl
The method used by the investigators working for H-P was pretexting. With this method, the investigators gather personal information about a target and then call the phone company pretending to be that person. This is illegal under common law (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretexting).