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Cop allegedly steals nude pics from woman’s iPhone, gets busted by the most unlikely hero

Stolen Nude Photos iCloud

iCloud’s security has come under a lot of scrutiny after several celebrities had their nude photos stolen by hackers who allegedly used brute-force tactics to access their iCloud accounts. However, it turns out that iCloud can also actually help you after you’ve had nude pics from your iPhone stolen, as a new report from CNET shows.

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Per CNET, a California Highway Patrol officer late last week was charged with two felonies related to the alleged theft of nude pictures swiped from two suspects’ iPhones. Apparently, an unidentified woman who was arrested on suspicion of DUI this summer gave officer Sean Harrington her iPhone’s passcode so she could get contact information for a phone call. While in possession of her iPhone, Harrington stumbled upon some of her nude pictures that he then allegedly sent to his own phone.

After being released, the woman discovered that her pictures had been sent to Harrington’s phone after seeing a notification of the transaction on her iPad. Because her photos were synced up to iCloud, she could use her tablet to see that they had been sent to another device — if they had just been stored on her iPhone without any iCloud syncing, she would never have noticed that something was amiss.

In other words, this is one situation where having your nude photos synced to iCloud is actually better than not having them synced at all, although it still goes without saying that you should use a complex password to protect your iCloud account to prevent anyone from hacking into it.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.