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Seventh eBay manager charged in live bugs and pig's mask cyberterror campaign against Natick writers

The US Attorney's office in Boston reports a former California police captain is now charged as yet another goon in eBay's attempt to terrorize a Natick couple who wrote things that annoyed the company CEO, by sending them live bugs and threatening Twitter messages and who were caught in part because of their alleged Keystone Kops attempt to place a tracking device on the pair's car.

Philip Cooke, 55, of San Jose, CA, who was a Santa Clara, CA police captain before becoming an alleged eBay enforcer, or supervisor of security operations at eBay’s European and Asian offices, was formally charged with conspiracy to commit cyberstalking and conspiracy to tamper with witnesses, the US Attorney's office says.

The other six now former eBay employees were charged last month with a campaign that also included lying to what they thought was a bumbling detective from the boonie town of Natick, who in fact proved not so bumbling and who was working with the FBI to find out who was behind the terror campaign, which also included sending a plastic pig's mask to the couple and pornography in the husband's name to neighbors and having pizzas delivered to the couple in the middle of the night, while the alleged pranksters were living on the company dime at the Ritz Carlton in Boston.

CEO Devin Wenig, whom the FBI says triggered his minions to do whatever they had to, has not been charged in connection with the case, although he was also curtly dismissed from his job as the FBI - and the company's own legal department - closed in on his underlings last fall.

Innocent, etc.

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What in the actual fuck?

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Wow. Cops behaving in aggressive, abusive, and illegal manners? This is shocking and totally diverges from the recent national narrative of American policing that we’ve witnessed this year.

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Nope, just a private citizen in employ of a private company doing business. It's a cutthroat world out there baby!

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Being the key word.

Not to offend anyone, but any (relatively) recent veteran of the armed forces would have qualified for the same job.

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I am sure this behavior is TOTALLY new to the former Cpt Cooke since his separation from the force and that he carried himself with the utmost integrity as an officer. :)

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it's just our policing. a huge global corporation is hiring hitmen to harass and intimidate a citizen? that's part of something bigger. and no, I don't think its just some tightwad CEO with a crimp in his vas deferens.

There will be DECADES of widespread abuses like this if if the American people do not reclaim power from corporations, the democratic party, and most especially the utterly depraved republican party. We already know the elite want to have sex with our minor children and are prepared to risk breaking the law in order to make it happen. About time for a little widespread skepticism, the kind with teeth, about what the filthy rich are up to. That would be enough to maintain abuses at very low levels. But if you let go entirely of the regular order, which the brazenly insane republican party clearly will do and corporate democrats will gladly follow them, then this is the kind of shit we'll all have to look forward to.

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with a $6.5M severance package.

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I guess laws are only for "little people" (at least most of the time).

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Lawyers of those already charged, you know what to do.

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Wasn't this guy part of the original inditement? Other news agencies reported a former police captain as part of the first round of arrests.

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You're right - a former police captain was charged last month - a different former police captain than the one charged today (Brian Gilbert, 51, of San Jose).

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The headline sounds like it was only mailed bug pranks.

If convicted, they should face decades in jail.

And there should be an 8-figure civil settlement from eBay, to the victims, as a small price for the corporation to pay, to say they're sorry for the anti-American terrorism.

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As detailed in last month's story. I went with the bugs and pig's mask (and, um, "cyberterror," don't forget the cyberterror) because that's what seemed to really stick in people's minds the first time around.

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Sending a funeral wreath and a book about surviving the loss of a spouse are way worse then the mask and bugs.

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...but witness tampering sounds like jail time.

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The plaintiff hasn't been charged.

I think I'm an executive minion

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...but last I heard, plaintiffs aren't charged.

Are you trying to make a joke and I'm just not getting it?

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