Guests in South Korea hotel rooms were filmed, content streamed, police say

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Spy cam hidden inisde a hair dryer holder. Copyright Korean National Police Agency
By Doha Madani with NBC News World News
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Four men were arrested for allegedly installing illegal cameras in dozens of hotel rooms, then profiting from streaming the feeds to strangers online.


Four men were arrested in South Korea for allegedly installing illegal cameras in hotel rooms, then profiting from streaming the feeds to strangers online, police said.

Wireless cameras were placed in places such as cable boxes, power outlets and hair dryers across 42 rooms from 30 hotels throughout ten cities in Yongnam and Chungchung provinces, according to a statement from the cyber bureau of South Korea's National Police Agency.

The cameras were allegedly streaming from November of last year until March 3.

Authorities only identified suspects as A, B, C, and D. Suspect A, 49, allegedly checked in to hotels in order to install what police called "spy cameras."

After conspiring together in June last year, police said suspect A illegally set up the cameras "while Mr. B checked on whether the remote control was working."

Suspects A and B, 47, were arrested for violating sexual assault law and for distributing obscene material. Suspects C, 25, and D, 48, were arrested and released for being accomplices, according to police.

The men made about $6,800 by charging internet users $45 memberships to view the camera feeds.

"It is significant in it is the first time for the police to uncover spy camera crime that is live fed to an overseas site," police said.

South Korean authorities warned hotel guests to pay special attention when staying in rooms. Police said they would "go to the very end for such a serious and grave crime that invades sensitive privacy of individuals."

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