BOSTON — A former police captain who went on to work for eBay pleaded guilty on Tuesday to participating in a cyberstalking campaign against a Massachusetts couple whose online newsletter was viewed as critical of the e-commerce company.
Federal prosecutors in Boston said Philip Cooke, a former supervisor of security operations at eBay’s European and Asian offices, and other employees harassed the couple through Twitter and sent them disturbing packages like a bloody Halloween pig mask.
The 55-year-old, who was previously a police captain in Santa Clara, California, was the third former eBay employee to plead guilty in the case. He pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit cyberstalking and conspiring to tamper with a witness.
Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a 30-month prison sentence for Cooke when he is later sentenced.
He is among seven defendants, including onetime eBay security executives …