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Feds: Former eBay Employees Sent Newsletter Writers Roaches, Spiders And Pornography

Six former eBay workers were charged by U.S. authorities with a harassment campaign that allegedly involved sending a Massachusetts couple disturbing packages and threatening messages.

Angered by items that appeared in a e-commerce newsletter, six former employees of eBay sent the publishers, a couple living in Massachusetts, live cockroaches and spiders, pornography, a bloody pigface mask, a preserved pig fetus and a funeral wreath, and attempted to secretly install a tracking device on the couple's car, federal authorities allege in criminal charges unsealed on Monday.

Authorities do not disclose the name of the newsletter, nor the couple who were the subject of the alleged harassment campaign. But several of the blog posts mentioned by prosecutors can be found on EcommerceBytes, a site and newsletter ran by David and Ina Steiner that often their struggles with the online retailer. The couple have also to how much top executives at eBay are paid.

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