When an online blogger was critical of certain items sold by eBay, certain senior level employees at eBay began harassing the blogger which led to the employees being fired. The ultimate termination occurred after they were found guilty of sending anonymous messages and boxes of live cockroaches, a funeral wreath, and a bloody pig mask.
Prosecutors said the eBay employees began harassing the blogger by using fake social media accounts in an attempt to stop the blogger from posting negative reviews of the website. After performing a digital forensic investigation of the defendants’ cell phones, it was revealed that one of the eBay executives allegedly wrote “We are going to crush this lady.” In addition, another executive replied saying they should explore their options for retaliation, including “Whatever. It. Takes.”
eBay responded to the ongoing matter by releasing the following statement: “The actions of the former employees are completely unacceptable and simply do not align with who we are at eBay. We do not tolerate this kind of behavior, and the company has apologized to the affected individuals.”
Often, trails of electronic evidence result in an undisputable conclusion. In this case, the large amounts of digital evidence directly contributed to the early termination of the employees at fault.
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