Inside the mind of Mark Zuckerberg's alleged stalker

The man accused of stalking Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says he never meant any harm and only wanted "advice."

By , PC World |  Internet, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg

These days, the words "Facebook" and "stalking" seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether it's a prying ex eyeing your wall or a privacy policy putting your data in the public eye, nary a day goes by when we don't hear about some sort of Facebook-based violation.

Far more rare, however, is a privacy concern involving Facebook's own founder.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made headlines when his personal Facebook fan page fell under the control of a hacker. Now, Zuck says someone is using his own social network to stalk him -- in a literal and rather unsettling sense.

Mark Zuckerberg's Stalker Investigation

Facebook has confirmed that Zuckerberg recently filed a stalking-related restraining order against a man in California. Court records indicate that man is a 31-year-old named Pradeep Manukonda.

According to TMZ, Manukonda repeatedly attempted to contact Zuckerberg, both via Facebook and in person -- and reached out to his girlfriend and sister, too. Manukonda is accused of going to Facebook's offices and even Zuckerberg's home to try to see the high-profile tech exec. Some sources say he attempted to reach Zuckerberg as many as 20 times in a single day.

One message said to have been written by Manukonda begs for Zuckerberg's attention. "I really need your help," the message, published by TMZ, proclaims. "Please respond in time...before it is too late for us."

Manukonda reportedly received a verbal warning from police in January but continued to contact Zuckerberg nevertheless.

Zuckerberg's Alleged Stalker: What We Know


Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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