Annoyed with cyber flashing? The Police aren't amused either

The next time you are sent images through social media that you would rather not like to see on your phone, just be glad that the Police will be somewhere nearby to help track the sender.

With smartphones, social media apps and new ways to connect overflowing beyond controllable limits, several new instances of cyber flashing have sprung up in the recent past, with senders hiding behind the technology to poke fun at hapless users.

Recently, a woman commuting in London received images of a man's penis via Apple's Airdrop service. The sender wasn't someone who knew or in her phone's contacts list, so it could have been possible that she had deactivated a setting in the service that allows only people in her contacts list to send files through Airdrop.

“I had Airdrop switched on because I had been using it previously to send photos to another iPhone user - and a picture appeared on the screen of a man's penis, which I was quite shocked by.

So, I declined the image, instinctively, and another image appeared, at which [point] I realised someone nearby must be sending them, and that concerned me. I felt violated, it was a very unpleasant thing to have forced upon my screen,” she said.

Even though this wasn't unprecedented, the Traffic Police maintains that their Cyber Crime Unit can track data transfers back to the sender's devices to help nab such pranksters in future.

If you fall victim to such pranks, be sure to keep the evidence on your phone handy. You might just be able to catch hold of the offender and enjoy the look on his face.

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