6 former eBay employees, including 2 executives from the security team of the popular shopping site eBay, have been accused of harassing a couple of journalists who criticize eBay in a newsletter for a long time. Two of the former employees of eBay, who were charged, were arrested.
A pair of journalists criticizing eBay has been sued for harassment on eBay’s former security chief James Baugh and 6 former eBay employees, including former global defense director David Harville.
The journalist couple, whose names have not been released, was preparing a newsletter focusing on e-commerce online. The couple behind the newsletter with many followers often criticized eBay in their broadcasts.
In the statement made by the representative of the FBI’s Cybercrime Department, details of the actions of eBay employees who harassed the journalist couple were conveyed. Six employees, who continued to mess with each other during their actions, began sending disturbing items to the journalist couple’s home. Pornography materials, a box with live cockroaches and spiders, a Halloween mask that looks like a bloody pig head, funeral wreaths, books about surviving after a spouse’s death, and a pig fetus are among the objects sent to the journalist couple.
The harassment of eBay employees against the journalist couple was not limited to sending something to the couple’s house. The suspects went to the place where the couple’s house was, and repeatedly wandered around the house. At some point, they even planned to enter the house’s garage and install a monitoring system in the couple’s car. However, this plan could not be realized due to the police waiting for the guard in front of the couple’s house.
Allegedly, the suspects drew up another plan to have the couple write positive things in favor of eBay, and opened fake Twitter addresses that acted like eBay sellers influenced by the journalist couple’s articles. The suspects who were after the “harassers” with the police realized that after a while the police also suspect them.
After the incident was reported to the press about eBay employees who harassed the couple, eBay made a statement, saying that they were informed about the events last August and that all employees involved in the incident were laid off in September.
Speaking about the subject, the eBay spokesperson said, “eBay cannot tolerate such behavior. As eBay, we apologize for any actions to which they are affected by the affected people. eBay employees have high standards of conduct and ethics, and we will continue to take the necessary measures to ensure compliance. ”
The most tragic aspect of the incident is the allegation that eBay ex-CEO David Wening encouraged suspects. A messaging between two suspicious managers leads to increased suspicions on Wening.
David Wening left eBay last September. However, eBay has not made a statement as to whether Wening’s departure from the company is related to the harassment of journalists. The company said during the departure of the former CEO “there are a number of issues leading to the separation”.
The case regarding eBay’s former employees harassing two journalists is currently in the judicial process. Two suspects were arrested due to alleged charges. We will learn how the court will continue and whether other suspects will be punished by following the case in the coming days.