Former eBay Director of Global Resiliency and Security Operations David Harville pleaded guilty on Thursday to five felony counts related to the 2019 eBay cyberstalking campaign. Harville had been facing a trial at the end of this month along with codefendant Jim Baugh, eBay’s former Senior Director of Global Security.
Baugh pleaded guilty to nine counts on April 25th, making Harville the last of the seven eBay security employees charged by the government who had yet to plead. Five defendants had pleaded guilty in 2020, one of whom was sentenced to 18 months in prison and a year of home detention in 2021.
Harville continues to own tactical weapons company Variant One that he describes on the website as a “veteran owned small business with deep roots to the US law enforcement and Department of Defense sectors.”
He dissolved the LLC registered in California two months after his indictment on charges of stalking and witness tampering and reincorporated in Nevada, later adding his wife Heidi Harville as President of Variant One Industries Inc.
Update 5/13/2022: Here’s a link to the plea agreement on CourtListener.
Note: The government press release about today’s change-of-plea hearing will be added below when it becomes available.
See the following disclosure.
Update 6/16/2022: As can be seen above, we left a placeholder for the DOJ press release, as it is standard practice for the Department of Justice U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts to issue press releases on defendant pleas.
As it did not issue one in this case, we asked the DOJ media relations department to provide us with the information about the plea so we could update this article.
The DOJ did issue press releases about the 6 other defendants in the eBay cyberstalking case, so we also asked why it hadn’t issued one for this defendant.
The DOJ did not respond to our media inquiry on this matter.
Update 6/17/2022: The media relations department of the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts responded today with a link to the press release which was posted on June 9, 2022 (2 days after our initial inquiry).