According to the New York Post, New York City subways are now being plagued by a new trend in which men are sending unsolicited pictures of their genitalia to women on the train by using Apple's AirDrop service.
The trend had apparently started in London in 2015 but has somehow made it to the USA just now.
The Post interviewed victims of the phenomenon: “It was just a huge close-up picture of a disgusting penis,” said Brita Carlson, a Brooklyn resident. “It really felt like someone had actually just flashed me.”
New versions of AirDrop allows any anonymous user to send files to another. In order to block this feature, an Apple user must go into their settings and change their accessibility from "Everyone" to "Contacts only." Since the default is currently "Everyone," many people are vulnerable to this kind of attack.
“It never even crossed my mind that someone may use it to send stuff like that,” Carlson admitted, saying that she used the feature to send images at her job.
“I wanted to punch him in the mouth for carelessly buckshotting genitalia to phones that could potentially be owned by children,” said another victim, Frankie Navisch. “Was he looking for interaction, or is all he wanted was someone to look at his mini-monstrosity?”
“In the past, flashers would have to go out in public in a trench coat and risk getting arrested,” said Brad Salzman, a sex-addiction therapist. “Now... their minds can run wild.”
Apple has not offered a comment on the situation.