Former eBay Exec Last To Plead Guilty To Bizarre Pig Fetus Journalist Harassment Campaign

from the never-gets-any-less-weird dept

A number of years in the past you may recall {that a} bunch of eBay executives had been busted waging a weird harassment marketing campaign in opposition to a running a blog couple who had been vital of the corporate.

David and Ina Steiner, the parents behind Ecommerce Bytes, had often (and pretty tamely) criticized some eBay enterprise practices. As a substitute of addressing these practices, quite a few excessive degree eBay executives launched a a number of 12 months harassments marketing campaign that included sending the couple dying threats, reside spiders, bloody pig masks, cockroaches, and even (although it wasn’t in the end obtained) a lifeless pig fetus

These weren’t nobodies on the firm, both. They included eBay’s senior supervisor of worldwide intelligence, a supervisor of eBay’s world intelligence heart (GIC), a contractor who labored as an intelligence analyst throughout the GIC, and a senior supervisor of particular operations for eBay’s world safety crew — and former cop.

The ultimate government concerned within the batshit harassment marketing campaign, David Harville, eBay’s former director of worldwide resiliency, this week pleaded responsible to crimes of conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, every of which carries a most penalty of 5 years in jail, three years’ supervised launch, and fines of $250,000.

Once more, the stuff these executives by some means thought was a wholesome and accountable response to some gentle blogger criticism by no means stops being bizarre:

The harassment additionally included a doxxing marketing campaign through which the Steiner’s house was posted on-line inviting guests to knock on the door, and an unpaid pizza supply order of $70 to the couple’s home at 4:30 within the morning.

Harville additionally flew from California to Massachusetts with the intent to interrupt into the Steiner’s house to put in a GPS tracker on their automotive, and even concocted a false story for the native police, based on the grievance.

eBay beforehand said legislation enforcement knowledgeable it of the scheme in August 2019. The corporate launched an inside investigation, then fired the executives (together with Harville) in September. However the Steiners filed a lawsuit in opposition to the executives final 12 months accusing the best ranges of eBay administration (most of which have since departed however averted prosecution) of sanctioning the marketing campaign.

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