More than 1,600 hotel guests secretly filmed in South Korea

Lawrence Kim
Марта 21, 2019

The recording devices- which were hidden inside digital TV boxes, hairdryer holsters, and other wall sockets- streamed the footage to an online platform available to more than 4,000 paying customers, the Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency said in a statement.

Four individuals were booked by authorities in Seoul on Wednesday for live-streaming secretly obtained video feed from dozens of local hotel rooms, South Korean police said.

Police noted there's no indication that the hotels - which have not been publicly identified but have been described as smaller establishments like motels and inns - knew about the operation. Seems they set up a website with an overseas server and charged members $44.94 monthly to live-stream or watch full videos, per CNN.

Spy cams are reportedly a big problem in South Korea, where more than 6,400 cases of illegal filming were reported to authorities in 2017, nearly three times the amount reported five years earlier.

There were also a number of protests that rallied tens of thousands of women against spy-cam and revenge porn sites under the "My Life is Not Your Porn" slogan, with the protesters asking the South Korean government to protect them and prosecute the individuals caught recording spy-cam videos.

A spokesperson for the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency told the Korea Herald police were targeting the practice of covert filming. There were upward of 6,400 reported incidents in 2017, according to CNN.

"There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were [secretly installed] and were consistently and secretly watched", police said.

Wednesday's arrest was the first case that involved live-streaming the footage on the internet. At least two people have been arrested, the Washington Post reports.

They face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of more than $37,000 if convicted.

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