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How creeps steal nudes off phones

A creepy T-Mobile worker stole nude pictures of a younger Queens lady when she went to the shop to trade-in her telephone final September, a surprising new lawsuit alleges — as authorized consultants and advocates concern an increase in what’s been dubbed the modern-day “Peeping Tom.”

Karen Mun, now 24, waited patiently as the worker on the Northern Boulevard retailer took her system to a closed backroom to see if she was “eligible” for the trade-in however when he emerged, her coronary heart stopped after she caught a glimpse of his telephone. 

“I saw his photo app open with, like, a bunch of my photos on there,” Mun informed The Post, referencing dozens of intimate photographs of herself that she saved on her system. 

“I felt like a part of me was stolen,” she mentioned. 

“I wanted to scream.” 

Mun, a nail tech born and raised in Flushing, detailed the incident in a lawsuit she filed in opposition to T-Mobile on Thursday that alleges the company was negligent of their hiring, coaching and supervising of workers and created the surroundings that allowed her privateness to be violated. 

The lawsuit alleges that T-Mobile is effectively conscious that staff steal clients’ delicate information and hasn’t completed sufficient to cease it as a result of Mun’s case is just not an remoted incident – it’s occurred quite a few instances prior to now. 

In November 2015, a T-Mobile worker downloaded a pair’s intimate movies after they went in to improve their telephone and in June 2017, a employee emailed a buyer’s intimate video to himself, the lawsuit says. 

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A spokesperson for T-Mobile mentioned the worker who took Mun’s photographs was “separated” from T-Mobile “immediately” after the incident. 
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In November 2018, a T-Mobile employee performed a buyer’s intimate video for himself and different retailer staff in Mays Landing, N.J. and in December 2020, a employee stole a buyer’s id and accessed their checking account in Dartmouth, Mass., the lawsuit states. 

News studies reveal a slew of other similar incidents throughout the nation that occurred at not simply T-Mobile shops, however different retail retailers operated by major cell phone providers like AT&T and Verizon. 

Many of the tales echo what occurred to Mun. 

When she first arrived on the retailer on Sept. 23, the worker informed her he wanted to hook her telephone as much as a computer in a backroom to see if she was permitted for the trade-in and she or he obliged, figuring the request was a traditional a part of the method, in accordance with Mun and the lawsuit. 

“What could possibly go wrong?” she remembered pondering. 

Some time later, the worker emerged and mentioned he wasn’t in a position to entry her system as a result of it was locked. 

“He gave me a piece of paper with a pen, which he prepared from the back, and… said ‘Listen, I need you to write your passcode on this paper for me so I can unlock it in the back and plug it into the computer to see if your phone is approved by the company,’” Mun recalled. 

The T-Mobile store in this lawsuit on Northern Blvd, Queens
Mun alleges her pictures have been stolen at this Queens T-Mobile location.
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“I was like, all right, that’s true. If my phone’s locked, he can’t plug it into a computer, because you do need to unlock your phone to plug into a computer. So I was like, ‘okay, here’s my passcode.’ He’s a worker, he’s being professional… he’s just doing his job.” 

But when Mun noticed her non-public pictures and realized the request was a ruse to steal her bare photographs, she confronted him and he admitted to taking them, her lawsuit claims. 

“I trusted him because I would never think that an employee would, you know, take advantage of their job and do that to someone, it was just so crazy to me,” Mun informed The Post. 

“Although this has happened, you know, months back, I’m still thinking about it every day. It’s something that keeps me up at night. I’m super anxious. Sometimes… I’ll go outside and I’ll be like, well, what if that person has seen those photos?” 

Mun mentioned after the preliminary incident, she couldn’t sleep, had problem working and now suffers from despair and nervousness. 

“It’s so embarrassing. Although I am the victim here, I feel like I did something wrong, just by letting this happen to me,” she mentioned. 

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The illegal dissemination of intimate photographs has been a criminal offense in New York since 2019.
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“It’s really hard to put into words how I feel.” 

Andrew Stengel, Mun’s lawyer, mentioned there’s probably hundreds of different individuals who’ve been victimized the identical manner and simply aren’t conscious. 

“It was luck that the guy’s phone screen was facing Karen and the app was open,” Stengel mentioned. 

“For each certainly one of Karen and the opposite people who find themselves victims, there’s most likely 100 or 1,000 individuals who don’t know that their information, intimate photographs, and monetary info was taken. They simply don’t know.

“T-Mobile likes to boast about their coverage area when they should focus on properly covering subscribers’ data privacy.”

In an announcement, a spokesperson for T-Mobile mentioned the worker who took Mun’s photographs was “separated” from T-Mobile “immediately” after the incident. 

“We take customer privacy very seriously. This is against our policies,” the spokesperson mentioned. 

“We are unable to share additional details.”

They declined to answer what measures they’ve taken, if any, to forestall such occasions from taking place once more. 

While nonconsensual picture sharing, typically known as revenge porn, has lengthy been a difficulty and is prohibited in most states, it’s usually one thing that occurs between intimate companions, not strangers. 

Lindsey Song, the co-chair of New York’s Cyber Abuse Task Force and the deputy director of the Courtroom Advocates Project at Sanctuary for Families, mentioned infiltrating a stranger’s personal system is the “next level” of gender based mostly violence and sexual harassment.

“With cell phones and our whole lives being on cell phones and laptops and electronic devices I think it’s unfortunately the next frontier of these things being used to effectuate gender based violence and sexual harassment,” Song mentioned. 

“I do think it shows the ease at which these images can be grabbed from someone’s phone or laptop or whatever electronic device they have and transferred without them knowing it.. there’s so many ways with Airdrop and even remote bluetooth file sharing services that wouldn’t leave any kind of trace.”

Dr. Marina Sorochinski, an investigative psychologist who research behavioral patterns in violent, sexual crimes, likened the act to a modern-day “peeping Tom.” 

“With these crimes, including the ones that happen in intimate relationships, the medium changes but the basic psychology of it is the same. People use different means to achieve the same kinds of goals: the control, the power and the sexual gratification,” Sorochinski, a professor at St. John’s University, defined. 

“It’s just now the offenders are using this kind of modern technology and modern ways and modern media to get the same things. The legal system, the criminal justice system are trying to catch up with what the offenders are now using, again, to commit the same kinds of crimes. It’s not different. It’s just a different mode.” 

While the illegal dissemination of intimate photographs has been a criminal offense in New York since 2019, Song mentioned officers must do a greater job of imposing the regulation and elevating consciousness that such acts are a criminal offense. 

While Mun considered calling police after the incident, she didn’t, and didn’t notice what had occurred to her was a criminal offense till she researched it afterward. 

Carrie Goldberg, a high-profile lawyer whose observe is centered on representing digital intercourse crime survivors, mentioned Mun’s incident raises a number of terrifying questions on privateness in a digital world.

“These devices break all the time. Our screens crack and we have to get them fixed and if we can’t trust the corporations that fix them, then how do we trust these corporations and expect them to not be accessing the same content remotely?” she questioned. 

Carrie Goldberg
Carrie Goldberg mentioned Mun’s incident raises a number of terrifying questions on privateness in a digital world.
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“We are entrusting them with so much of our personal data whether it’s in the physical device or in the cloud. There needs to be more of a bill of rights. If somebody comes in that store, they should be told, there should be a sign or something saying we would never take this phone out of your eyesight,” she continued. 

“There’s no way for a customer to know that something unusual is going on.” 

As for Mun, she hopes telling her story will help shield others from being victimized the identical manner she was. 

“I want everybody to know how big of an issue this is. I want to really bring light to this and I want to get justice for other women or men,” mentioned Mun.

“I don’t really have the power to really stop this from happening but I can help it from happening to a lot of other people.” 

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