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Go read this story about a bizarre harassment campaign by a group of ex-eBay employees

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Back in June, authorities in Massachusetts announced they were charging six former eBay employees in connection with the strange harassment campaign of a couple who ran an e-commerce newsletter.

The six had sent the couple, Ina and David Steiner, online threats and abuse, and mailed a bizarre collection of items including live insects and a bloody pig face mask, all for the newsletter’s negative coverage of eBay, according to the US Attorney’s Boston office.

David Streitfeld of The New York Times spoke with one of the six people charged, Veronica Zea, who said she plans to plead guilty— the charges include conspiring to commit cyberstalking and tamper with witnesses.

Prosecutors say the Global Security and Resiliency team, as the team of ex-eBay employees was known, planned to harass the Steiners secretly, then have eBay step in to put a stop to it.

And, according to the Times account, the campaign against the couple was sanctioned by eBay’s then-CEO Devin Wenig, a claim he denies: “I was just speaking off the cuff,” he says.

The details in the Times piece— including a photo of the mild-mannered Steiners— are what really make the story; it almost reads like an outline for a movie (attn Netflix, you might want to get on this).

Do yourself a favor and go check out Inside eBay’s Cockroach Cult: The Ghastly Story of a Stalking Scandal in the Times.


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