As the Burning Sun scandal has continued to expand, one thing that seemingly has become clearer is that the problem is bigger than just a small collection of individuals. Exemplifying that point is news that police are investigating a group chat that allegedly consists of around 200 producers and reporters that are sharing molka videos, personal information of victims, and reviews of prostitution services.
On May 3, it was reported that Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency’s cyber crime team has launched an internal investigation into a KakaoTalk open chatroom in which illegal hidden camera footage tied to the Burning Sun case was allegedly shared among producing directors and reporters. The chatroom, which is described as having about 200 members, reportedly circulated not just hidden camera videos but also pornographic material and the personal information of sexual assault victims, as well as reviews of prostitution services. There are also said to be three further chatrooms that were made afterwards in which the material has been shared.
A police source stated, “We are looking into the basic facts, as there are still no specifics on the case. We will be verifying the conversations and materials that took place in these chatrooms after considering our method of investigation.”
Given that there was news previously that people were going around and using AirDrop to share molka connected to the Burning Sun scandal, I suppose nobody should be surprised that something like this is being alleged and investigated.
Still, it’s a quality reminder that the problem is quite endemic in Korea and trying to compartmentalize it to just a group of people here or there doesn’t do the issue justice.