HP: I'm A Little Confused

One of the things that differentiates me from many of my analyst colleagues is that I don't generally delve into business stuff: I'm a technology guy. So normal boardroom shenanigans and so forth aren't "my beat." So let me see if I have this straight: the chairwoman of HP hired people to ... let's just put the whole "pretexting" thing aside -- she hired people to install keyloggers on other people's systems? And the debate isn't how long she's spending in prison, but kind of whether it was "ok" or not?

Am I missing something here? Is this not clearly illegal?