This week I wrote about probably the worst thing that can happen at a hotel. An investigation uncovers resorts in Jamaica apparently covering up sexual assaults happening to guests at their properties.
While not a physical assault, this is truly a horrible experience. A woman is suing Hilton for $100 million after she says an employee videotaped her in the shower at the downtown Albany, New York Hampton Inn and uploaded the video along with her name to a porn site, and used to footage to blackmail her.
She only became aware of the nude footage when it was posted on a porn website this past September and she was emailed a link by the employee.
The woman received a follow up email that vowed to expose the video if she didn’t email over more nude footage of herself.
…She claims that when she ignored the emails, the employee started emailing the footage to her coworkers.
He then threatened to send it to a wider network of people after she refused to pay him a total of $14,000.
Hampton Inn Albany Downtown, credit: Hilton
The woman, identified in court documents as Jane Doe, spent the night at the hotel prior to taking the New York State Bar Exam.
The employee used Hilton’s systems to obtain her name and contact information. She says that “[t]he video and her full name ended up being posted to at least a dozen porn websites.” Her attorney says there’s at least one other victim and that the room was used “repeatedly to film people over an extended period of time.”
In response the hotel says the property was recently fully renovated and no recording devices were found.
The number one thing that gives me security when I travel is obscurity, there’s no one who wants to spy on me. I’m simply not important or valuable enough to be worth the effort. And no one wants to see me naked.
At the same time I assume any device I carry with me to China is compromised. And in many countries the room I’m staying in may be set up for monitoring because of other people who might stay there either before or after me. Business espionage is at least as common as national security espionage.
But recording devices set up to see guests naked is probably the most personal of intrusions possible. You don’t think it’s going to happen. And if it does you don’t think the photos will be used for blackmail. So here’s how to check your room to know if you’re being spied on. And here’s how Erin Andrews makes sure no one is spying on her (again).