Six former members of eBay’s global security team have been charged by the FBI and federal prosecutors in Boston with cyberstalking as part of an effort to “stifle” the publishers of an online newsletter about the online auction company.
Prosecutors said the plan was two-fold. First, the eBay members allegedly harassed the couple who published the newsletter with online deliveries at all times of the day and night and sent threatening messages. Then, the eBay team would contact the couple so they could proclaim that eBay noticed the harassment and offered to help them get out of the threatening environment eBay itself created.
Prosecutors called this the “White Knight Strategy.”
“In essence, the plan was for eBay to arrive to ‘rescue’ the Victims from the very harassment that the defendants and their co-conspirators had themselves created in order to earn the Victims’ good will,” the prosecutors wrote in criminal information