Facebook Founder Stalked: Ironies in a Digital Age

February 8, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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This article was something that I think everyone should read. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone can be a victim of cyber stalking. It is when things happen like in this article that it gets really scary….Can someone say CREEPER ALERT?

NBC Today show reports that Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg is a victim of cyber and physical stalking. Consider this fact-the person who created the hottest virtual space to openly share and connect with friends, family and business around the world is causality of his own creation. The stalker, Pradeep Mamukanda, has written rambling text asking Mr. Zuckerberg in an email for a position at Facebook. Mr. Mamukanda has stalked Mr. Zuckerberg online, went to his place of business and showed up outside his home with a bouquet of flowers.

Courts in California have issued a restraining order forbidding Mr. Mamukanda from being within 300 ft and to stop all communication with Mr. Zuckerberg. It makes one wonder the benefits of having your life an open book for people to know every last detail about you; likes, dislikes, events and places. Now with smart phones, GPS, location-based social networking and Facebook places, people can know your every move and be there to greet you whether you are expecting them or not.

It makes me wonder if this happen to the creator, founder and face of Facebook, what about the millions of people that have experienced a similar fate. Consider how easy it is to be found on Facebook. For that matter Google your name. I have met both individuals and families whose lives will never be the same, whose identities have been stolen and used against them. One example is a young single mom. A co-worker stole her identity, created a gmail and Facebook account in her name, started ‘friending’ friends only to harass and pester them. This man has stolen her cyber-identity, her life and peace of mind. She has had to close all her accounts, eliminate identifying elements on an email address. She is trying to repair the damage by reaching out to friends and family. Few believe her story.

As she explains her nightmare, it’s clear she has little recourse in the digital age. This man is technically savvy and has eluded local, state, federal and international law enforcement. This young woman is unable to interact in a digital world. Few people understand the stress that this has caused her. She is alone in a world that does not understand the consequences of cyber-stalking and identity theft. These are real people and real lives.

Mr. Zuckerberg has the clout and money to battle this latest setback in his personal/professional life; however, many people like Mr. Zuckerberg are without resources to fight back. Do you know the signs of cyber-stalking and cyber-bullying? If you believe you are a victim of cyber-stalking or identity theft, it’s important to:

• Not respond or engage with a cyber-stalker-bully

• Contact your service provider explain situation

• Change your phone, email and cell numbers

• Ask to block-trace phone

• Contact your local law enforcement

• Contact ISP to report abuse and close the account

• Change your email to a non-descript string that does not identify you.

• Activate all security settings on social networking sites and email accounts

In a digital and mobile world, we have a lot less protection. Our personal and professional lives are open as Facebook.

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