BOSTON (Reuters) – Two former eBay Inc employees on Thursday pleaded guilty to participating in an online tracking campaign against a couple in Massachusetts whose online newsletter was deemed by top executives. criticize this e-commerce company.
Federal prosecutors in Boston say former eBay employees Stephanie Stockwell and Brian Gilbert and others harassed the couple via Twitter and sent them disturbing packages like bloody Halloween pig masks, spiders and cockroaches live during the August 2019 campaign.
They pleaded guilty to plotting to spy on the network and conspiring to impersonate witnesses, becoming the latest former members of eBay’s global security and intelligence team to admit wrongdoing. Three other former employees also pleaded guilty.
“I made a mistake and I need to try to fix it,” said Gilbert during a hearing held mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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Prosecutors agree to offer a 24-month prison sentence for Stockwell, former manager of eBay’s global intelligence center and no more than 37 months for Gilbert, the former senior manager of special operations for the security team. global security.
They were among seven defendants, including once eBay security executives James Baugh and David Harville, who prosecutors said targeted the couple in Natick, Massachusetts, with threatening messages and unwanted deliveries.
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Prosecutors said the defendants also conducted a secret surveillance aimed at terrorizing the couple and preventing them from criticizing eBay.
They did so after two top executives expressed disappointment with the newsletter, EcommerceBytes. Executives include former CEO Devin Wenig, whom one person familiar with the matter has said is “CEO 1” identified in court papers.
Wenig, former CEO of Thomson Reuters, has yet to be charged and has denied knowledge of the plan. Wenig’s spokesperson did not respond to a request for comment.
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