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When a journalist poses as a journalist

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The Globe has been following a story since Saturday on a
Toronto law professor who is battling Rogers Wireless over
charges applied to her cellphone when it was stolen. The
interesting part of the story, to me, is that her
partner, a technology journalist named Harry Gefen, did
some reconnaissance work on her behalf
at a cellphone
security conference in Toronto in the fall:

Mr. Gefen, a technology journalist, uncovered those
secrets by attending a fraud forum in Toronto last
September, where he tape-recorded a conversation with Cindy
Hopper, a Rogers security official who was apparently
unaware that she was speaking with an aggrieved customer.

That Gefen used his journalistic credentials to basically
lie to an interview subject for personal gain made me feel
a bit uneasy. Anyone else?

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