A Pennsylvania man has been charged with possessing and distributing images of child sexual abuse, following a tip-off from Microsoft.
The suspect, named as 20-year-old Tyler James Hoffman, is alleged to have uploaded the offending photos to the company’s OneDrive cloud storage service via his Microsoft Live email account on his smartphone.
According to the police report, which was filed with the Monroe County Court last week, Microsoft detected in April that an image of child abuse had been uploaded to OneDrive. The company then contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), which informed the police.
It was discovered the email address was linked to Hoffman’s Facebook address which, combined with an IP address trace, led to his arrest.
The revelation follows news earlier this week that a tip-off from Google regarding child abuse images being stored in Gmail had also led to an arrest.