Thief steals cellphone gets his photos made public

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Thief steals cellphone gets his photos made public

This guy gets his cell phone stolen, on it he has a program that automatically uploads the photos taken to his Flickr account.

The mobile phone used to take that picture was stolen from Web designer Ben Clemens on an Amtrak commuter train in California in mid-August, he says.

Days later, thanks to software installed in the phone for Clemens' use, the Chihuahua picture and other snaps of a woman and children were automatically posted to Clemens' photo Web site for the world to see.

"Even the thief doesn't have any privacy, right?" said Clemens by telephone from his home in Berkeley, California.

His account of the incident, posted on the weblog he keeps up for friends and family, came to the attention of thousands of people and in late August ranked as one of the most popular Offbeat News items this year on "social content" Web site

While some Web "vigilantes" set out to expose wrongdoers -- or other users notoriously circulate sensational fake stories to gain exposure for new products -- Clemens says his discovery of the software's potential to bust this criminal was an accident and the subsequent attention unwanted.

In "Pictures of the family of the person who stole my cell phone posted to my flickr account," at the Yahoo Inc. employee tells how the software he installed on his phone was set to automatically upload pictures to, a site where people post photos for friends, family, or the world to share.

The thief -- or whoever bought the phone from the thief -- appears not to have known the software keeps running even with a different user or SIM-card. So their shots were viewed thousands of times by people on the Web.
By netchicken: posted on 3-9-2006

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