In a first case of its kind, a case of “cyber-flashing” was recorded in London, after a woman received photographs of a man’s penis through the air release function from iPhone ibtimes. The unpleasant pictures were shared during the trip on a train in south London, indicating foreign exchange indecent photos was aboard.
The owner of an iPhone should be well versed with the function AirDrop, which is used to transfer files to another iPhone device within a short time away. The 34-year-old, identified as Lorraine Crighton-Smith, shared his experience with the BBC and the possibilities of cyber-flicker targeting vulnerable victims.
Crighton-Smith reported the incident to the British Transport Police, who are investigating the matter. After the incident occurred, Crighton-Smith said he felt “violated” by the image. The decline in gross images airdrop was immediate and what to do at the time, but leaving the police without technological evidence to catch the culprits.
Superintendent Gill Murray recalled the resolution of similar cases with Bluetooth, but using AirDrop is brand new.
“Receiving an indecent image of someone you do not know should be very worrying, and something to take seriously. If it happens to you, our advice is to stay calm, maintain the image and report it to the police as soon as possible, “Murray told the BBC.
“We have a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit that can analyze mobile phones and data transfers track again suspects devices. By linking this to the physical evidence, such as clips or witness statements CCTV, we can catch the criminals and bring them to justice through the courts, “she added.
How to protect yourself from Cyber-intermittent?
As the first intermittent cyber incident is related to launch air function from the iPhone, users have options to control who can send pictures. The default setting for airdrop is to communicate only with the contact, which means that only people you know can share something with you.
However, airdrop also has an option to extend the search for the audience while receiving files. If you change the “Contacts Only” in airdrop of “All” anyone within range can send anything.
“That’s what happened in this particular case, someone has allowed everyone and then not set back. Like any result within range wi-fi or Bluetooth can send something to you that’s pretty horrible,” Ken Munro, a consultant on cybersecurity Pentest Partners, said.
It is important to ensure your settings airdrop is set to default to “Contacts Only” or better to turn it off when not in use. Airdrop is accessible on your iPhone slipping from the home screen.