News & Opinion | March 20, 2019 10:18 am

1,600 Hotel Guests Were Secretly Recorded and Live-Streamed to Voyeurs

Cops say the victims were recorded in South Korean hotels and live-streamed for money.

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Hundreds of hotel guests were secretly filmed and live-streamed on the internet in South Korea. (Getty Images)
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About 1,600 people were secretly recorded in their South Korean hotel rooms and that footage was live-streamed online to paying voyeurs.

Police have arrested two men, with another two are under investigation for their part in the incident, which reportedly involved over 40 rooms across 30 hotels in 10 different cities around South Korea, CNN reports.

The hidden cameras were placed inside of TV boxes, hairdryer holders, and other wall sockets. The Cyber Investigation Department at the National Police Agency believes that the hotel staff were not involved in the scheme.

More than 4,000 members frequent the site where the footage was live-streaming, some users pay up to $45 bucks to access extra features on the site like being able to reply a live feed. In just a few months the service brought in over $6,000.

“There was a similar case in the past where illegal cameras were installed in (hotels) and were consistently and secretly watched, but this is the first time the police caught where videos were broadcast live on the internet,” police officials said.

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, almost three times the amount reported five years earlier.