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Spy cameras secretly live-streamed 1,600 hotel guests for subscribers. Then police caught on.

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

The Korean Herald reported that since launching in November, the site sold monthly subscriptions, raking in more than $6,000. It had more than 4,000 users, 97 of whom paid add-on fees for additional features like video replay.

Authorities discovered the hidden cameras inside TV boxes, wall outlets, and hair dryer stands in 42 hotel rooms, the National Police Agency said in a statement obtained by CNN.

The mini recording devices, which filmed approximately 1,600 guests, had been installed in 30 hotels throughout 10 South Korean cities.


According to the Herald, Seoul law enforcement arrested two of the individuals. Under local law, they face up to five years in jail and substantial fines.

South Korea is no stranger to misconduct involving surreptitiously filmed videos.

In the past five years, the cases of illegal filming have skyrocketed by the thousands.

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