The Curious Case of the Sexy Selfie-Sending Phone Thieves

A Brooklyn woman claims her phone thieves left her a big, X-rated piece of evidence: home-made porn.

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Victoria Brodsky isn’t taking the theft of her Samsung Galaxy S3 last summer laying down. But her suspected phone thieves are doing plenty of lying down, naked-style: Brodsky claims the people who stole her phone have uploaded homemade pornography to her Dropbox account. And she intends to track them down.

Brodsky, who lives in Brooklyn, had her phone and wallet pick-pocketed at a street fair last August. Shortly thereafter, she started seeing sex selfies appear in her Dropbox account, which is linked to her phone. She has discovered 26 explicit photos and one sex video, all of the same couple. “It’s one thing to steal, but they’re celebrating,” she told the New York Daily News.

Brodsky has published the pictures in hopes she’ll catch the couple; she said the police categorized her phone as “lost” because she didn’t see anyone steal it, so she’s not relying on the NYPD’s assistance.

Considering these people were too dense to un-link the Dropbox once they started using the phone, they may not be digitally savvy enough to find out that they’re gaining Internet notoriety. And, of course, there’s no saying for certain that these people are Brodsky’s thieves: they may have simply purchased a stolen phone, perhaps without realizing. There is a booming market for re-selling stolen phones, and some people don’t realize they are purchasing stolen goods. So Brodksy’s accidental porn stars may not be thieves, just people with really poor judgment about the origins of their purchases.

This seems like a good place to point out that you should always make sure to check the settings on pre-owned products you’ve purchased, even if you’re certain they come from a legitimate source.


LOL wow serves them right. That couple is screwed!

On a side note, why use dropbox anymore, with their puny free storage amounts. Take a look at Copy from Barracuda Networks, very solid service with similar photo upload app, desktop sync app, 256 AES encryption baked in, and 20GB free for life if you use a referral link such as

This and many other of the newer services are much, much better than dropbox.


@ZaneZaneamem You sly dog, you, slipping in a link that nets you an  additional 5 gig for each new user that uses the link to sign up.

You could just skip the Amway action and go for Mega: and get 50 gig free with on the fly encryption right off the bat.