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An ex-Ebay executive pleads guilty for harassing live insects in a harassment campaign

eBay’s former director of global resiliency, David Harville, pleaded guilty to taking part in a bizarre harassment campaign, which involved sending live cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig face mask, and other strange items to a Massachusetts couple (via The Guardian). Harville is the last of seven eBay employees to plead guilty to harassing and stalking…

eBay’s former director of global resiliency, David Harville, pleaded guilty to taking part in a bizarre harassment campaign, which involved sending live cockroaches, spiders, a bloody pig face mask, and other strange items to a Massachusetts couple (via The Guardian). Harville is the seventh employee of eBay to plead guilty for stalking and harassing the couple.

In 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) charged former eBay employees Harville, James Baugh, Stephanie Popp, Brian Gilbert, Stephanie Stockwell, Veronica Zea, and Philip Cooke with devising a harassment campaign targeting Ina and David Steiner, the publishers behind the EcommerceBytes newsletter. The scheme was designed to intimidate the Steiners due to their negative coverage of eBay. The scheme involved not only harassing the Steiners via Twitter and doxing them online for their address, but also escalated to sending them grotesque items and in-person surveillance.

Harville admitted to five felonies during a Thursday video conference with a Boston federal judge. According to the original filing, Harville allegedly took a flight from California to Boston with the intent of driving to the Steiner’s home, breaking into their garage, and attaching a GPS tracking device to their vehicle. Harville wasn’t the only higher-up involved, either — Popp served as

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