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Airline blames executive’s “porn purge” for deletion of evidence

Posted by rjbiii on September 26, 2007

Uh oh. This isn’t good:

Mesa Air Group said yesterday its chief financial officer went to great lengths to permanently delete computer data sought by Hawaiian Airlines to cover up his interest in pornography.

In an evidentiary hearing held yesterday before Hawaiian’s lawsuit against Mesa goes to trial, the operator of the interisland airline go! said it discovered that CFO Peter Murnane had been browsing adult Web sites.

It also said Murnane was solely responsible for deleting data from his three computers and that the company had given to Hawaiian all the deleted data.

How far did Mr. Murnane allegedly go in his cover-up attempts? A computer forensics expert explains:

Jefford Englander, a computer forensics expert from Phoenix-based Lightstone Solutions, spent about 90 minutes on the stand yesterday detailing how he uncovered multiple instances of deleted files that he could not identify. He also uncovered signs the computer clock had been manipulated — including files that appeared to have been modified before they were created.

Now, to be sure, this all must be substantiated. Mr. Murnane has his own side to the story, and as everyone knows, things aren’t always what they seem. But it doesn’t look good.

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