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Paul Merrell

Cyberstalking, pig masks, and cockroaches: Former eBay execs are sentenced - 0 views

  • The former Senior Director of Safety & Security at eBay, and the company’s former Director of Global Resiliency, have been sentenced to prison for their roles in a cyberstalking campaign. The targets of the campaign were the editor and publisher of a newsletter that eBay executives viewed as critical of the company.
  • For those that missed the reason for these sentences, we’ll need a quick rewind to 2019. Many see this letter by a hedge fund demanding better results from eBay as a direct cause for what followed. The letter caused some stress among eBay management, and for some reason they saw the negative reviews by EcommerceBytes as an obstacle that was holding their desired success back. EcommerceBytes was and is a resource for sellers on a number of platforms that enable users to sell items online. The website was set up by a couple that were both e-commerce bloggers. The eBay management team at the time was very unhappy with the criticism it got on the site. A third victim of their attention was the handler of a Twitter account named Fidomaster.
  • It was not that EcommerceBytes focused on ebay. Lots of similar companies featured in its e-commerce newsletter. Only the eBay employees felt the need to act and tried to silence them. A campaign was launched by eBay’s staff to harass and threaten the critics. This campaign featured packages being sent containing cockroaches, a bloody pig mask and pornography, death threats, physical surveillance, and late-night pizza deliveries. A full recount of what they had to go through makes for a gruesome read.
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  • Together with five other employees, the two staff members and the chief communications officer were fired in 2020, after eBay hired a law firm to investigate the harassment. The US Department of Justice charged seven of the former ebay employees and contractors with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses. They all pleaded guilty. The only two that were arrested at the time were the executives that have now been sentenced. One of their former co-conspirators was sentenced in July 2021 to 18 months in prison, while four others are awaiting sentencing.
  • The former senior director of safety and security was sentenced to 57 months in prison and two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $40,000. The former director of global resiliency was sentenced to two years in prison and two years of supervised release. He was also ordered to pay a fine of $20,000.
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

KickassTorrents lawyer: "torrent sites do not violate criminal copyright laws" | Ars Te... - 1 views

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    "Ira Rothken makes similar claims to Megaupload, dubs prosecution's theory "untenable." Cyrus Farivar (US) - Oct 19, 2016 2:35 pm UTC"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Pirate Bay Founders Acquitted in Criminal Copyright Case - TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    " ndy on July 10, 2015 C: 29 Breaking Four key Pirate Bay figures have a little something to celebrate this morning. After standing accused of committing criminal copyright infringement and abusing electronic communications, yesterday a Belgian court acquitted Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström."
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    " ndy on July 10, 2015 C: 29 Breaking Four key Pirate Bay figures have a little something to celebrate this morning. After standing accused of committing criminal copyright infringement and abusing electronic communications, yesterday a Belgian court acquitted Gottfrid Svartholm, Fredrik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

El CGPJ duda del encaje constitucional de los pinchazos telefónicos sin una o... - 0 views

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    "El informe elaborado por tres vocales del Consejo General del Poder Judicial ve "serias dudas de encaje constitucional" en la propuesta del nuevo texto de la Ley de Enjuiciamiento Criminal de que se pueda intervenir las comunicaciones sin autorización judicial."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

"Megaupload's Imaginary Copyright Crimes Should be Dismissed" | TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    "secondary criminal copyright infringement"
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    "secondary criminal copyright infringement"
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