Last week a police report revealed that the persons who were caught hacking the cell phone data of various celebrities (like Ha Jung-woo and Joo Jin-mo) and blackmailing them with it have been connected to wider cybercrimes. Purportedly, over the course of March through October, police were able to use details from their case to identify a larger criminal organization of which the four convicted blackmailers were only one smaller part. Twenty-three persons from this organization are now said to be under arrest.
The crimes committed by these persons were of much more limited scope than the celebrity phone hacking. Purportedly they would pose as sexually interested women in an attempt to illicit lewd photos from their victims, which the alleged criminals would then use for blackmail purposes. One hundred and three victims of the scheme have been identified, who cumulatively paid around 1.2 million dollars to the extortionists. 99% of these victims were men.
South Korean police are currently collaborating with Chinese police on the prosecutions. Of the twenty-three persons under arrest, twenty-three were Chinese, four were Korean, one was Russian, and one was Kyrgyzstanian. Purportedly police are also investigating the use of nanny cams to engage in similar extortion schemes by the group at large.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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