Jan 22nd, 2014

It’s one of the reasons why I keep Dropbox’s Camera Upload turned on at all times. Not just because I like to keep my smartphone photos backed up safely to the cloud, but as a loose security measure as well. Case in point? A Brooklyn Mom who found her wallet — along with her Samsung Galaxy S3 — pinched during a street fair. Less than a few weeks later, imagine her surprise to find pictures of an unknown couple uploaded to her Dropbox account. These photos, taken with her stolen smartphone, quickly became more racy, with nude selfies and even their homemade amateur sex video winding up in the victim’s Camera Upload folder.

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After contacting police, they simply threw their hands up in the air and said there was little they could do. In just about every state, it’s illegal to buy stolen property, but proving the party knew the merchandise was stolen beforehand is damn near impossible. This makes jail time highly unlikely for the couple should the original owner attempt to find them and prosecute.

In any case, it’s likely 1 of 2 scenarios occurred. Either this is the actual couple who stole her phone during the fair, or this couple bought the phone without ever knowing it was stolen (Craigslist, pawnshop or what have you). In any case, somewhere along the way nobody once thought to factory reset the device before using it, leading to their nude love sessions winding up on someone else’s account. Pretty embarrassing, if you ask us.

Sounds like this sorta stuff happens all the time. You may remember an article from last year where one man’s stolen Android, lead to the recovery of said device with the help of the Cerberus security app. While we love the Android Device Manager for recovering lost or stolen devices, we think the iPhones ability to keep a stolen phone from being activated is one Google should consider in future updates.


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