Hundreds of Hotel Guests Secretly Taped in Their Rooms, Livestreamed on Pay-Per-View Website

In December I wrote about a woman suing Hilton claiming a hotel employee videotaped her in the shower and used the photos to blackmail her. I’ve written about plenty of cases of video surreptitiously hidden in hotel rooms and also inside of Airbnb accommodations.

Now there’s any case being reported of a paid subcription website where viewers could watch hotel guests being secretly taped in South Korean hotel rooms.

Two men have been arrested and another pair investigated in connection with the scandal, which involved 42 rooms in 30 accommodations in 10 cities around the country. Police said there was no indication the businesses were complicit in the scheme.


Credit: South Korea National Police Agency, via CNN

In all about 1600 people were filmed with cameras hidden “inside digital TV boxes, wall sockets and hairdryer holders.” The videos were being watched by up to 4000 members of the site. Apparently 97 of those members paid $45 a month to be able to “replay certain live streams.”

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).

(HT: C Boarding Group)

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Comments

  1. It’s been well known for years that this kind of thing happens in the euphemistically called “ take a rest “ hotels, and not only in Korea. This latest case is very different in that it appears to be more mainstream properties ( not that it should make any difference as it’s pretty horrendous regardless of the property type).

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