The fines are more likely to be aeronautical than astronomical. If the sales amounted to $500,000, and HP is found to be culpable, they're looking at a 2X fine, or ONE MILLION DOLLARS (say it in a Dr. Evil voice).
"(HPQ) products used for a Syrian surveillance system were sold by a partner firm that didn’t know where the gear was being shipped,Hewlett-Packard equipment worth more than $500,000 was installed in computer rooms in Syria, underpinning a surveillance system being built to track citizens’ e-mails and Internet use, Bloomberg News reported in November 2011."
"didn't know where the gear was being shipped..." LOL Could be going to Iran or North Korea for all HP cares.. Desperate for sales. Maybe HP should move to Syria... there's some visions for ya...lol