EBay Faces Criminal Charges in Cyberstalking Case, U.S. Authorities Say

The Justice Department has charged eBay with stalking, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice in a rare criminal case against a Silicon Valley company. The charges stem from eBay’s actions in 2019 to silence writers of an e-commerce newsletter that was critical of its behavior. The company will be under a deferred prosecution agreement and engaged an independent compliance monitor. They also agreed to pay a $3 million criminal penalty. The charges were broadened to include more eBay executives, including the CEO and chief communications officer. The company’s former chief executive at the time, Devin Wenig, had no comment. The individuals targeted said they were retaliated against for providing factual information that eBay’s executives didn’t like. Seven individuals from eBay’s corporate security team were arrested for their actions, and the company’s current CEO issued a statement saying their conduct was “wrong and reprehensible.” The victims are suing eBay, and their lawyer sees the criminal charges as a “step in the right direction.”

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Moms Managing Girl Influencers: A Marketplace Stalked by Men

Elissa began receiving threatening messages early last year from a person calling themselves “Instamodelfan” targeting her daughter’s Instagram account. Despite having over 100,000 followers, the account has been under scrutiny for potentially exploiting children in exchange for money. However, the issue runs deeper than that. Research from The New York Times found that the platform […]

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Insights from The Times’s Investigation of Child Influencers

Instagram maintains the 13-year-old minimum age for accounts, but parents can take control, largely for their daughters’ ambitions to become influencers. Parents initiate their child’s modeling career or gain favor from clothing brands, but a dark subculture emerges, controlled by men attracted to minors, as per The New York Times. The emergence of mom-run profiles […]

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Rising Threat: China’s Growing Cyber Espionage and the New Vulnerability

Beijing’s Networks Expanding Hacking Efforts China has spread its hacking reach with new tools that exploit computer vulnerabilities and a network of contracted vendors. The large scale of China’s hacking operations poses a significant threat, with the FBI reporting China’s hacking program to be larger than all major nations combined. The U.S. has tracked consistent […]

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